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Learning to be in the World with Others

Difficult Knowledge and Social Studies Education

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H. James Garrett

In this book, H. James Garrett inquires into the processes of learning about the social world, populated as it often is with bewildering instances of loss, violence, and upheaval. In such learning, interactions invite and enliven our passionate responses, or prompt us to avoid them. Interpreting and working with these often emotional reactions is critical to social studies education and developing strategies for individuals to participate in democracy. Garrett illustrates ways that learning about the world does not occur in absence of our intimate relations to knowledge, the way learning sometimes feels like our undoing, and how new knowledge can feel more like a burden than an advantage.

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Immigration, Motherhood and Parental Involvement

Narratives of Communal Agency in the Face of Power Asymmetry

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Lilian Cibils

Immigration, Motherhood and Parental Involvement is based on the vivid accounts of seven Latina immigrant women of how they learned to navigate the school system in the rural southwest of the United States. Their stories are presented within several contexts, the socio-political conditions of immigration overarching them all. The process of acquiring a new socio-cultural script offers a common frame to the narratives, which illustrate the central role of the community in finding spaces for agency in circumstances of vulnerability. As a contribution to educational theory, this book explores the official discourse of parental involvement within the broader context of social policy by pointing to a common underlying ideal parent norm across areas of policy related to family and women. It also revisits the concept of parental involvement through contrasting ideologies of motherhood, as it applies the concept of participation parity in everyday institutional interactions as a fundamental measure of social justice. Immigration, Motherhood and Parental Involvement offers deep insight into the institutionalized patterns of formal inclusion/informal exclusion in the relationship of schools with Latina immigrant mothers, even within the best intended programs. Its focus on the persistent need for the implementation of culturally and linguistically sensitive approaches to home-school relations makes this a must-read for undergraduate and graduate courses in teacher education, education leadership and sociology of education. Teachers, administrators and policymakers committed to moving away from the prevalent view of mothers as people who mainly need to be educated also need to read this book.

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The Hollywood Curriculum

Teachers in the Movies – Third Revised Edition

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Mary M. Dalton

The third edition of this book analyzes over 165 films distributed throughout the United States over the last 80 years to construct a theory of curriculum in the movies that is grounded in cultural studies and critical pedagogy. The portrayal of teachers in popular motion pictures is based on individual efforts rather than collective action and relies on codes established by stock characters and predictable plots, which precludes meaningful struggle. These conventions ensure the ultimate outcome of the screen narratives and almost always leave the educational institutions – which represent the larger status quo – intact and dominant. To interrogate "the Hollywood curriculum" is to ask what it means as a culture to be responsive to films at both social and personal levels and to engage these films as both entertaining and potentially transforming.

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Survival of Utopias – Weiterlebende Utopien

Life Reform and Progressive Education in Austria and Hungary – Lebensreform und Reformpädagogik in Österreich und Ungarn

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András Németh, Claudia Stöckl and Beatrix Vincze

Life reform and progressive education developed various utopias and projected new ways of cultural, social, religious and political living. This book studies how these utopias lived on until World War II, how they still affect present life in Austria and Hungary, and it examines continuities and differences within the political, educational and cultural movements of both countries. The main focus lies on interrelations between educational utopias and strategies and the development of a collective identity in times of radical political and social changes.

Lebensreform und Reformpädagogik entwarfen Utopien für das kulturelle, soziale und religiöse Leben. Dieses Buch untersucht das Weiterleben dieser Utopien bis zum Beginn des zweiten Weltkrieges, ihre Wirkungen bis in die Gegenwart in Österreich und Ungarn und beleuchtet Kontinuitäten und Differenzen innerhalb der (bildungs-)politischen und kulturellen Strömungen beider Länder. Im Zentrum steht die Frage nach Zusammenhängen zwischen pädagogischen Utopien und Strategien und den Entwicklungen von kollektiver Identität in Zeiten politischer und gesellschaftlicher Umbrüche und Verunsicherungen.

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Mojca Kompara and Tomasz Stępień

The book focuses on European Integration in the Field of Higher Education and Research, as well as the Implementation of the Bologna Process in Slovenia. The common policy of higher education and research belongs to the most important fields in the process of European integration and to the constitutive elements of the European Union. The authors analyse the process constituting the framework of higher education and research policy in Poland and Slovenia. The book analyses the political process of transformation within these two member states of the EU and exemplifies their plurality and specificity which are integrated in the genuine European idea of education, science and the research community.

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Schooling and Education in Lebanon

Syrian and Syrian Palestinian Refugees Inside and Outside the Camps

Nina Maadad and Grant Rodwell

This book provides insights into the education and schooling of Syrian and Palestinian Syrian children inside and outside Lebanese refugee camps. It describes what is happening to these children and young refugees in terms of their schooling. Investigating the perspectives of children, their parents, teachers, community leaders, and state politicians and bureaucrats on the schooling provisions and educational opportunities for refugee children in Lebanon, this book reveals the condition of social disadvantage that Syrian and Syrian Palestinian refugee children and their families are experiencing in Lebanon. Maadad and Rodwell propose the idea of the pedagogy of the displaced that recognises socio-economic disadvantage and refocuses the nature of the learner and their learning and the philosophy of teaching. A collaborative action of society – the refugee families, the schools, the communities, the host state, the international aid agencies and the rest of the world – in addressing the barriers to education and schooling of the refugee children must break ground and be sustained.

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Pascale Garnier and Sylvie Rayna

Dans le contexte préscolaire francophone, rares sont les études qui considèrent les jeunes enfants comme de véritables interlocuteurs des chercheurs. Grâce à la traduction de chercheures, anglaise, islandaise, néo-zélandaise et suédoise, l’objectif de cet ouvrage est de diffuser des recherches réalisées avec les enfants et visant à rendre compte de leurs points de vue. Il montre des pratiques mises en œuvre concrètement avec les enfants pour faire entendre leur voix et comment s’en réapproprier les perspectives dans la recherche et les politiques de la petite enfance.

À travers la diversité des investigations réalisées dans les établissements d’accueil et d’éducation des jeunes enfants, les contributions insistent sur une éthique et une déontologie des chercheurs. Elles ouvrent de nouvelles démarches, proposent de nouveaux outils, en soulignant notamment l’importance des méthodologies visuelles pour permettre aux jeunes enfants d’exprimer, de différentes manières, leurs points de vue. À l’heure où la qualité de leur accueil et de leur éducation est réinterrogée, il est essentiel de se saisir de ces nouvelles perspectives qui permettent aux jeunes enfants d’être considérés comme experts de leur propre vie et parties prenantes d’une nouvelle vision du préscolaire.

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The Pedagogy of Teacher Activism

Portraits of Four Teachers for Justice

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Keith Catone

Through the artful science of portraiture, The Pedagogy of Teacher Activism presents the stories of four teacher activists—how they are and have become social change agents—to uncover important pedagogical underpinnings of teacher activism. Embedded in their stories are moments of political clarity and consciousness, giving rise to their purpose as teacher activists. The narratives illuminate how both inner passions and those stirred by caring relationships with others motivate their work, while the intentional ways in which they attempt to disrupt power relations give shape to their approaches to teacher activism. Knowing their work will never truly be done and that the road they travel is often difficult, the teacher activists considered here persist because of the hope and possibility that their work might change the world. Like many pre-service educators or undergraduates contemplating teaching as a vocation, these teacher activists were not born ready for the work that they do. Yet by mining their biographical histories and trajectories of political development, this book illuminates the pedagogy of teacher activism that guides their work.

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Marcelo Giglio and Francesco Arcidiacono

Comment les élèves et les étudiants peuvent-ils apprendre à interagir avec l’autre ? Comment peuvent-ils interagir avec l’autre pour apprendre ? Comment les enseignants organisent-ils les différentes formes d’interaction dans une dynamique discursive au sein de leurs classes ? Les différents regards de la psychologie sociale et culturelle sur l’école ont largement contribué à rendre plus solide une nouvelle image de l’apprentissage en classe. Mais, les interactions sociales en classe méritent d’être constamment réexaminées ou repensées. Dans ce but, les contributions des quinze auteurs de ce livre exploitent, innovent et étudient les multiples interactions en classe et les conditions favorables aux processus d’enseignement-apprentissage. Dans une relation entre psychologie, sciences de l’éducation et modèles d’apprentissage, ce livre contribue à l’étude des processus interconnectés de développement individuel et social dans le cadre de l’enseignement obligatoire ou de la formation supérieure.

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Les directeurs au travail

Une enquête au cœur des établissements scolaires et socio-sanitaires

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Monica Gather Thurler, Isabelle Kolly Ottiger, Philippe Losego and Olivier Maulini

Cet ouvrage montre que le métier de directeur d’établissement scolaire ou socio-sanitaire, souvent présenté comme une fonction, est aussi un travail, susceptible d’une observation et d’une mesure. Il se compose d’une « foule de petites choses à faire » presque invisibles et d’un organigramme complexe de dossiers ouverts, d’actions à mener et à justifier. Le métier consiste aussi à accepter des décalages entre ce travail réel, souvent prosaïque, et l’imaginaire du rôle. Enfin, il implique des expériences professionnelles marquées par des épreuves subjectivement et objectivement vécues, reliées aux évolutions politiques et économiques autant qu’aux difficultés à répondre aux besoins et aux ambivalences des interlocuteurs : collaborateurs, usagers, familles, supérieurs hiérarchiques.

Fondé sur une importante enquête menée en Suisse Romande, ce portrait collectif des directeurs au travail interpellera l’ensemble des acteurs du domaine étudié. Bien au-delà, il offre matière à réfléchir à tout professionnel occupant une fonction de direction, de formation et de prise décision.