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Educational Accountability Reform in Norway

Education Policy as Imitation

Lasse Skogvold Isaksen

Educational accountability systems have during the last decades levitated as the leading global political instrument to turn around education systems. International organizations are promoting the accountability system as key tool for enhancing the quality in all levels of the enterprise of education. The study analyses how national education policy in the age of globalization is a result of an adjustment and transformation of international education policy and trends. The author enquires how the national level in Norway comprehended the international educational accountability policy and transformed the policy to fit the Norwegian context. One of the main findings is that the international educational accountability policy was transformed in Norway in a manner that discarded the core rationale behind the policy – the policy became an imitation.

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Radical Imagine-Nation

Public Pedagogy & Praxis


Edited by Peter McLaren and Suzanne SooHoo

This collection of essays, poems, and reflections by scholars, public intellectuals, artists, and community activists (as well as those whose work intersects with all of these categories) constitutes a landmark achievement in critical pedagogy and social justice education. Edited by two leaders whose work spans both academic and grassroots communities, Radical Imagine-Nation was conceived during a time of political turmoil both nationally and internationally, a time when freedom and democracy seemed out of reach for millions around the world.

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Philosophy and Education

Engaging Pathways to Meaningful Learning

Mara Cogni

Philosophy and Education: Engaging Pathways to Meaningful Learning represents a philosophical approach to learning. It encourages students to think critically and form well-reflected opinions around relevant concepts in the English language, literature and society, such as inequality and duty. Philosophy and Education embodies a more engaging style (than is traditionally common) with the text - instead of reading long texts and answering questions about that text, it motivates learners to relate their own experiences and interpretations to the view communicated in the text, by actively and continuously engaging them to test one opinion against another.

Philosophy and Education is primarily designed to help students improve their reasoning skills both orally and in writing, and prepare them for tests and exams at the end of the upper secondary and university-preparatory courses. Some of the chapters in Philosophy and Education have been used in the classroom, resulting in highly engaged students who feel they are offered the opportunity to relate to the classroom experience in a meaningful way. None of the activities ask students to make lists of words or spend enormous amounts of time on close reading and interpreting texts - instead, they are required to reflect and share their own thoughts on the relevance of the texts, movies, etc. to their own lives. They learn new words and ideas by discussing the myriad of philosophical questions presented, which makes learning a conversation about life.

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Edited by Thomas A. Lucey and Kathleen S. Cooter

The 1% and the other 99%…the Haves and the Have Nots…

Words such as junk bonds, subprime mortgage, bailouts, derivatives, and housing bubble have become part of the daily vernacular of the ordinary American. There is a chasm arguably growing between the "Haves" and the "Have Nots" which teachers must acknowledge and instruct the adults of tomorrow.

Financial Literacy for Children and Youth, Second Edition asserts that teaching is a social and political act capable of enabling the teachers of today to delve into the practical, theoretical, and socio-historical perspectives of financial literacy instruction in schools with the hopes to better the life outcomes of young people. Each section of the book reflects one of those perspectives. Each chapter is written by well-known financial literacy educators and is followed by questions designed to encourage discussion and critical analysis.

The book is designed for both preservice and in service social studies teachers and is written at a level understandable to both undergraduate and graduate students. The book challenges the teacher or teacher-to-be to think critically about financial literacy instruction as a necessary and important portal to social justice for the students of today.

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Ein Bildungsbuch. Für eine wache Zeitgenossenschaft im Spannungsfeld von Individualisierung und neuen Formen von Gemeinschaft

Eva Novotny

3. aktualisierte und erweiterte Auflage

Wie kommt es, dass sich Menschen – angesichts höchst entwickelter Produktivkräfte – Vernunft und Freiheit wieder absprechen lassen? Welche Mentalitäten brauchen sie, um vor Zumutungen der Freiheit nicht zurückzuschrecken, Herrschaftsmythen zurückzuweisen und sich effektiv in die eigenen Angelegenheiten einzumischen?

Die Autorin analysiert die Kapriolen des Zeitgeistes und avancierte Praktiken biopolitischen Zugriffs auf Köpfe und Körper. Sie entwickelt 6 fundamentale Bildungsdimensionen – Selbstdenken, Eigensinn, Dynamik sozialer Systeme, autonome Moral, Sprachmacht, Humor. Voraussetzungsvolle Tugenden, die allerdings das soziale Klima und Lebensformen, in denen sie am besten gedeihen, ständig hervorbringen. Herrschende Bildungsagenturen werden kritisiert, mögliche Bildungsanlässe aufgezeigt. Genderblicke weisen Kurse aus patriarchaler Verstrickung in eine essayistische Existenz.

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Called to Sankofa

Leading In, Through and Beyond Disaster—A Narrative Account of African Americans Leading Education in Post-Katrina New Orleans


Edited by Tammie M. Causey-Konaté and Margaret Montgomery-Richard

Called to Sankofa is a collection of Hurricane Katrina survival stories by African American education leaders in New Orleans. It draws upon the West African concept, Sankofa, which loosely translates to "return to the source and fetch." The griots, through their stories, fetch salvageable and knowledge-laden valuables linked to their resilience and rebuilding efforts. Thus, the Sankofa concept serves as a lens for examining leadership in the aftermath of disaster; it serves as an intense magnifier and illuminator of lessons considered relevant and profoundly valuable to guide one’s understanding of how to lead in, through and beyond disaster. Past experiences yield teachable moments. The lessons excerpted from these moments reveal the sources from which the leaders draw the resilience to recover from trauma, the vision to guide others, the courage to challenge the status quo, the imagination to make a way where there is none and the stamina to press beyond peril toward an unpromised future.

Called to Sankofa rejects the assumption that "all was broken" in education—either before or due to Katrina, and through the storytellers, we are reminded that to rebuild things better than before, one must take stock of, extract meaning from and be guided by what constituted the "before." Hence, Called to Sankofa documents the leaders’ acts of resilience, optimism, strength, passion and resolve and details the support structures and sources of inspiration that enabled within them the capacity to adapt to the chaotic and uncertain environments and to be moved to action and leadership.

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States of Grace

Counterstories of a Black Woman in the Academy


Theodorea Regina Berry

States of Grace: Counterstories of a Black Woman in the Academy recognizes, acknowledges, and centers race and gender through the embodiment of Black womanhood in the academy in the context of grace. Encapsulated in concepts of grace, this book reveals the dynamic, multidimensional presence of a scholar who brings her wholeness into her scholarship and teaching, providing insights and guidance along the way.

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Supporting Transgender and Gender-Creative Youth

Schools, Families, and Communities in Action, Revised Edition


Edited by Elizabeth J. Meyer and Annie Pullen Sansfaçon

Supporting Transgender and Gender-Creative Youth brings together cutting-edge research, social action methods, and theory on the topic of transgender youth and gender creative kids. The chapters included specifically address issues in education, social work, medicine, and counseling as well as challenges and recommendations for families and parents. It is well researched and accessible to a broad audience of individuals invested in improving the social worlds of gender diverse children and youth.
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Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education and Care—A Reader

Critical Questions, New Imaginaries and Social Activism, Second Edition


Edited by Marianne N. Bloch, Beth Blue Swadener and Gaile S. Cannella

This second edition of Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education and CareA Reader: Critical Questions, New Imaginaries & Social Activism is a foundational text that presents contemporary theories, debates and political concerns regarding early education and child care around the globe. Chapter authors are leading contributors in discussions about critical early childhood studies over the past twenty-five years. The volume editors of  Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education and Care are long-time scholars in the reconceptualizing early childhood movement. Audiences include students in graduate courses focused on early childhood, early years, and primary education, critical childhood studies, critical curriculum studies and critical theories/perspectives. 

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Edited by Whitney Blankenship

Teaching the Struggle for Civil Rights, 1948–1976 will provide readers with critical content knowledge of lesser known figures and events in the 20th century Civil Rights Movement. As the initial volume in the Teaching Critical Themes in American History series, the book will also fulfill the aim of the series, which is to provide teachers with history content, pedagogical strategies, and teaching resources organized around key themes in American history and critical topics on which they might want to concentrate.

In Teaching the Struggle for Civil Rights, 1948–1976, traditional civil rights narratives are expanded through the use of an intersectional lens within historical analysis essays that provide additional context to the larger civil rights movements of the period. The pedagogical issues essays focus on common concerns and disputes that often surround the teaching of civil rights. Lesson plans and related resources addressing the topics highlighted by chapter authors are also included in the book. Social studies and history methods professors and curriculum coordinators will find the book helpful for introducing the teaching of civil rights movements. Pre-service and in-service educators can use the lesson plans and resources as models for their own units of study.