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Giving with an Agenda

How New Philanthropy Advocates for the Corporate Reform of Education

Marina Avelar

Forthcoming
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Systemic Collapse and Renewal

A Narrative Account of How Race and Capital Came to Destroy Meaning and Civility in America and Foreshadow the Coming Economic Depression

Greg Tanaka

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Elisabeth B. Thompson-Hardy

Child beauty pageants are a phenomenon in rural communities throughout the American South. Girlhood, Beauty Pageants and Power: Trailer Park Royalty explores the participants who compete in these pageants and shows that most are from the lower socio-economic bracket. A bricolage of post-structural feminism, critical ethnographies, critical hermeneutics, and cultural studies lenses analyzes how the performances of participants and the power exercised by the beauty pageant culture work to formulate girls' identities. Analysis in Girlhood, Beauty Pageants and Power will also include how power operated to perpetuate this subculture and its right to dictate norms for beauty and acceptance and will be situated in the culture of girlhood. Examination of what is depicted in popular culture through film, videos, documentaries, and television shows will also add to the dialogue. I suggest that the rural beauty pageant culture does work to create girlhood identity and a way in which the participants view the world and themselves. In fact, I believe that the rural beauty pageant culture does intricate cultural work in terms of gender and class. This book is intended for students and teachers who are interested in dissecting rural girlhood and development, Southern American beauty standards, and the effect of the media on girls' identities.

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Assault on Kids and Teachers

Countering Privatization, Deficit Ideologies and Standardization in U.S. Schools

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Roberta Ahlquist, Paul Gorski and Theresa Montaño

Hyper-accountability, corporatization, deficit ideology, and Ruby Payne’s preparation of teachers to comply with these and other atrocities are not merely markers of philosophical shifts in education. They are manifestations of a neoliberal remaking of public schooling into a private and corporate enterprise. Collectively, these trends are seen not just as an imposition, but as an assault on quality pedagogy; an assault on democratic ideals of equity and social justice; and an assault on kids compelled to participate simply because they are public school students. This edited collection is a response by critically-minded educators, activists, and scholars – both a reaction to and a call to action against these vilifications. It is critical reading for students, professors, administrators, and policy makers involved in public education.
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Possibilities in Practice

Social Justice Teaching in the Disciplines

Summer Melody Pennell, Ashley S. Boyd, Hillary Parkhouse and Alison LaGarry

This edited collection illustrates different possibilities for social justice practice in various grade levels, disciplines, and interdisciplinary spaces in P-12 education. Chapters in this unique volume demonstrate teaching with a critical lens, helping students develop critical dispositions, encouraging civic action with students, and teaching about topics inclusive of race, class, gender, and sexuality. Based on empirical research, each contribution is rooted in a critical theoretical framework and characterizes findings from sustained study of pedagogic practice, spanning subject matter from social studies, English Language Arts, music, mathematics, and science. Through this work, both pre- and in-service teachers as well as teacher educators will be inspired to practice social justice in their own classrooms.

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Minding Their Own Business

Five Female Leaders from Trinidad and Tobago

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Joanne Kilgour Dowdy

Minding Their Own Business: Five Female Leaders from Trinidad and Tobago is a narrative project that illuminates the historical legacy of entrepreneurship, self-employment, and collective economics within the African diaspora, particularly in the lives of five women leaders of African descent from Trinidad and Tobago, in the Caribbean. By using the financial literacy lens as an analytical tool to interpret these biographies, this book documents the journeys of these independent business women, uncovers the literacy skills they employed, and describes the networking skills that they relied upon personally and professionally. The qualitative data collection methods utilized in this project help to identify lessons that will inform professionals, educators, and business and lay persons about the innovative ways in which teaching and learning take place outside of “formal” business schooling. Information gleaned from this study also serves to broaden traditional understandings of entrepreneurship and economic strategies inherited from majority African descended communities. Additionally, this book illuminates the creative and intellectual modes of learning within the Afrocentric communities that foster successful business practices. Finally, these five successful women pass on to interested learners their methods of modeling, encouraging, and celebrating the means by which independent business people make a positive impact on society.
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Évaluation partenariale des politiques publiques d’éducation

L’expérience d’un dispositif d’évaluation du fonctionnement de l’enseignement primaire

Georges Solaux and Jean-Marc Huguenin

Dans cet ouvrage, la méthode de l’évaluation partenariale est développée et appliquée à des cas concrets de politiques publiques d’éducation. Selon cette méthode, les parties prenantes aux politiques d’éducation sont associées aux principales étapes de l’évaluation. Cela permet aux partenaires sociaux d’influer sur le processus, de s’en approprier les résultats et d’en faciliter leur mise œuvre.

L’ouvrage expose tout d’abord trois cas concrets d’évaluations partenariales dont les étapes d’analyse sont détaillées. Les perceptions et les réactions des parties prenantes y sont notamment relatées. Les évaluations sont ainsi décrites et vécues de l’intérieur. L’ouvrage effectue ensuite un retour critique en présentant les obstacles à l’évaluation partenariale (et les manières de les lever) ainsi que les conditions préalables à une évaluation efficace.

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James Ottavio Castagnera

The Handbook for Student Law for Higher Education Administrators, Third Edition is a practical tool, intended for administrators dealing with students in higher education, focusing principally on four-year institutions. Addressing the ever-evolving relationship between higher education and the law, the book will provide the academic administrator with the means to knowledgably and confidently navigate the many legal threats and challenges facing colleges today. Focused on the "hot" issues in higher education today, and using examples from real cases and scenarios from many institutions, the handbook provides sample policies, checklists, and advice that administrators can apply to a wide variety of situations, both preventatively and proactively. The Handbook for Student Law for Higher Education Administrators, Third Edition is a compendium of practical knowledge and guidance, useful to all administrators dealing with the legal minefield that is higher education.

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Re-Reading Education Policy and Practice in Small States

Issues of Size and Scale in the Emerging «Intelligent Society and Economy»

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Tavis D. Jules, Ed.D. and Patrick Ressler

The volume is concerned with educational developments in small and microstates, a topic that has only relatively recently started to attract the attention it deserves. It is guided by the questions (i) if and how small and microstates deal with policy challenges to their education systems that are particularly important for their future development and (ii) whether there is something like typical «small / microstate behavior.» The volume seeks to contribute to a genuinely comparative approach to education in small and microstates. Moreover, widening conventional definitions of smallness, it aims to advance research in the field not only in a thematic but also in a theoretical perspective. Overall, the volume seeks to expand our understanding of small and microstates – and by implication of big states as well –, especially regarding what is general and what is particular about their behavior.

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Jean-Claude Bationo

Le présent ouvrage fait le bilan de l’usage de la littérature dans l’enseignement-apprentissage de l’allemand au Burkina Faso. Il répond à la question fondamentale de recherche : A-t-on besoin de la littérature pour apprendre une langue étrangère ? Des investigations empiriques auprès des acteurs de l’enseignement de l’allemand au Burkina Faso sont suivies d'une réflexion théorique focalisée sur une revue critique de la littérature y relative. A partir de ces résultats empiriques et théoriques, l’auteur développe six thèses principales pour justifier la didactique de la littérature en cours d’allemand langue étrangère au Burkina Faso. Par ailleurs, l’auteur propose des démarches didactiques pour l’enseignement-apprentissage de deux morceaux de textes littéraires en classe de terminale A4 au Burkina Faso.