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Reimagining Education Reform and Innovation

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Matthew Lynch

Reimagining Education Reform and Innovation provides scholars and laymen with an assortment of theoretical and practical perspectives for questioning contemporary practices and forging new methods of education reform and innovation. This volume is the leading collection of contemporary essays by the major thinkers in the field of education reform and innovation. Carefully attentive to both theory and practice, this is the definitive source for learning about education reform and innovation, while also enhancing the existing literature.
This book attempts to move the field to the next phase of its evolution and provides the U.S. K-12 system with the tools that it will need to return to its former preeminence. Reimagining Education Reform and Innovation generates a corpus of new and original scholarship that significantly examines the field of education reform and innovation broadly conceived. Each chapter examines one or more of the critical topics that are missing from or underrepresented in the extant literature. The various chapters of this book integrate into their analyses the conceptual, political, pedagogical, and practical histories, tensions, and resources that have established education reform and innovation as one of the most vital and growing movements within the field of education. A central tenet of this project is that we need to make visible the multiple perspectives and theoretical frames that currently drive
work in the field.
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The American P-20 educational system is in a problematic state. Under the umbrella of providing equal educational opportunities, students become ill equipped to face academic challenges and the workforce. The educational system is now unable to assist specific groups of students who continuously fail to reach the levels of proficiency expected by educators and society. We don’t even know whether the system, as currently organized, is able to educate most students for the needs of the 21st century.

Many books are available that talk about the woes plaguing the American educational system. Reimagining School Reform expands the conversation to include voices from around the world. It offers specific, creative solutions to some of the more pressing problems facing U.S. educational institutions today.

Just as learning involves the changing understanding of concepts and ideas over time, a social phenomenon like education must face ongoing scrutiny, evaluation, and modifications. We must consider innovative ways in which our educational system can grow, change, and continuously improve to serve the coming generations best. If we want to continue to progress toward a knowledge-based society, we must reform and streamline our education system to enable the development and assimilation of information as knowledge. Our schools and universities are the primary institutions involved in the transference and conversion of information into the knowledge base of students. It is our duty to keep a watchful ← 1 | 2 → eye on the educational processes, and to change policies and practices to ensure improvement...

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