Transforming Education

Meanings, myths and complexity

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Author: Agnieszka Bates

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317417852

Category: Education

Page: 228

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Transforming Education challenges the current global orthodoxy that ‘educational transformation’ can be achieved through a step-by-step implementation of centralised, performance-based strategies for school improvement. Complex responsive processes theory is utilised in an original way to critique leadership myths and explore the alternative, deeper meanings of educational transformation. The theory opens up new forms of understanding about how ordinary practitioners negotiate the meanings of ‘improvement’ in their everyday practice. It is in the gap between the emergence of these local interactions and the predetermined designs of policy-makers that educational transformation can be lost or found. This book is an essential read for education professionals and students interested in the fields of complexity, education policy, leadership and management.

A Pedagogy for Liberation

Dialogues on Transforming Education

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Author: Ira Shor,Paulo Freire

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780897891059

Category: Education

Page: 203

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Two world renowned educators, Paulo Freire and Ira Shor, speak passionately about the role of education in various cultural and political arenas. They demonstrate the effectiveness of dialogue in action as a practical means by which teachers and students can become active participants in the learning process. In a lively exchange, the authors illuminate the problems of the educational system in relation to those of the larger society and argue for the pressing need to transform the classroom in both Third and First World contexts. Shor and Freire illustrate the possibilities of transformation by describing their own experiences in liberating the classroom from its traditional constraints. They demonstrate how vital the teacher's role is in empowering students to think critically about themselves and their relation, not only to the classroom, but to society. For those readers seeking a liberatory approach to education, these dialogues will be a revelation and a unique summary. For all those convinced of the need for transformation, this book shows the way.

Every School

One Citizen's Guide to Transforming Education

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Author: Donald P. Nielsen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781936599219

Category: Education and state

Page: 218

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How would an entrepreneur reform education? In "Every School, " Don Nielsen draws on his business career and two decades as a school activist to offer innovative solutions to the educational challenges facing our country. Lasting change, Nielsen argues, will not come mainly through local school boards, but rather through state legislative action that empowers school administrators to make choices in the interests of their students. The book is essential reading for parents, policymakers, and citizens who want to improve the present system and who have the courage to pursue the recommendations contained within.

Transforming Education for Peace

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Author: Jing Lin,Edward J. Brantmeier,Christa Bruhn

Publisher: IAP

ISBN: 1607529904

Category: Political Science

Page: 361

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Currently, peace education remains marginalized in our education system, however, a united front can be formed and powerful paradigms can empower educators to play a critical role in peace building through scholarship, practice and activism. Indeed, educators around the world are developing effective strategies to transform education as a powerful force for global peace. The diverse array of contributors in the book demonstrate that educators as peace makers can be and have been instrumental in transforming social forces, the self and others for the construction of global peace. The book aims to broaden the educational discourse in order to make room for new visions to educate future generations for peace. Local and global efforts to build a longlasting peace are presented through the lens of education. The timeliness of peace education surely renders this book relevant to educators and the general public alike as individuals, communities, and organizations struggle to find pathways to peace in a global world. In other words, this book will interest scholars and the general public concerned about the building of global peace. The book can be source book for educators at elementary, secondary, and postsecondary institutions to explore multiple ways to conduct effective peace education at all levels of education. The book may also be used as a textbook by instructors of multicultural education, of comparative & international education, and of undergraduate and graduate peace education courses.

Transforming Education in the Gulf Region

Emerging Learning Technologies and Innovative Pedagogy for the 21st Century

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Author: Khalid Alshahrani,Mohamed Ally

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317220382

Category: Education

Page: 250

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Countries in the Arab Gulf are currently experiencing some of the fastest rates of growth and progress in the world. Transforming Education in the Gulf Region argues that education systems in these countries need to use innovative pedagogies and best practices in teaching and learning to educate all citizens so that they obtain the knowledge and skills to be productive members of society. This book will contribute to the transformation of education in the Gulf countries by suggesting best practices, research outcomes and case studies from experts in the Gulf region. It has become increasingly evident in recent years that Gulf countries need to use emerging learning technologies to cater for the needs of learners and to provide maximum flexibility in learning. There is also a growing practical need to use electronic technologies, since learning materials are more widely available in electronic formats than in paper-based formats. This book focuses on the role of emerging technologies and innovative pedagogies in transforming education in six Gulf countries in the region (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain). With contributions from experts around the world, the book argues that the time is right for Arab Gulf countries to make the transition to electronic learning and that they need to implement the outcomes of research and adopt best practices to transform and revolutionize education to prepare learners in the Gulf region for the 21st Century. The book should be of interest to academics and students in the areas of higher education, learning technologies, education policy and education reform. It should also be of interest to educators and policymakers in the Gulf region.

Transforming Education

The Zimbabwean Experience

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Author: Rugano Jonas Zvobgo

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Education

Page: 148

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Transforming Education through the Arts

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Author: Brian Caldwell,Tanya Vaughan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136519408

Category: Education

Page: 184

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This timely book takes up the challenge of maintaining programs in the arts in the face of unrelenting pressure from two directions; the increasing focus on literacy and numeracy in schools, teamed with the cut-backs in public funding that often affect the arts most severely. Drawing on the wealth of evidence already available on the impact of the arts, including the findings of a landmark experimental study in Australia, this text considers: The social and educational impact of neglecting the arts Research evidence on engagement in the arts Why there is a need for educational reform How to transform schools through engagement in the arts This challenge to arts education exists at a time where an increasing number of students are becoming disengaged from the traditional schooling model that appears ill-suited to the needs of the 21st century and to the ways young people learn in a globalised, high-tech knowledge world. Transforming Education through the Arts provides illustrations from around the world that clearly show how the arts have transformed learning for disengaged students and established their worth beyond doubt in settings where the disengagement of students has hitherto been presented as an intractable problem. Transforming Education through the Arts is an indispensible tool for policymakers and practitioners in school education and for academic and postgraduate students with an interest in the arts. It is also highly relevant to the work of individuals and organisations in the philanthropic sector and those in the wider community who place a priority in closing the gap between high and low performing students.

Transforming Education Policy

Shaping a Democratic Future

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Author: Philip A. Woods

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 1847427359

Category: Education

Page: 215

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This topical book argues that a new paradigm is emerging in education, in relation to the economic crisis. It is part of a more general trend to organisational democracy and the onus for change rests with teachers, heads, parents, community members, educational sponsors and partners.

Transforming Education

The Spanish Experience

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Author: Inmaculada Egido

Publisher: Nova Publishers

ISBN: 9781594542084

Category: Education

Page: 124

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For anyone wishing to understand the process of transforming education in Spain, Inmaculada Egido has presents a detailed and encyclopedic description of events. Against historic background, this book discusses the impact of recent and current change, a process which has transformed education from a very centralised to a decentralised and democratic system. As the author indicates: In the last three decades education in Spain has been characterised by a profound transformation. Practically, there is no aspect of the educational system that has not been modified during this period, including both the administration and government of education and the structure and content of educational levels, the education financing and the training and work conditions of teachers...despite the delay in the starting point the achievements of the Spanish educational system in the last years are undeniable'. The autonomy of schools receives much attention not the least because of the changes which affect school governance, the participation of parents and the role of the school principal. further this process in relation to the internal functioning of schools and especially in relation to the actual participation of parents and pupils. PARTIAL CONTENTS: Acknowledgements; The Spanish Educational System; Historical Overview of the Spanish Educational System; Key Features of the Educational System; Legislation, Principles and Administration of the Educational System; Structure of the Spanish Educational System; Teaching Staff; An Overview of the Spanish Educational System: Light and Shade; School Management: Meeting the Challenges of the New Millennium.

Transforming Education

The Albanian Experience

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Author: Ira Metani

Publisher: Nova Publishers

ISBN: 9781590335536

Category: Education

Page: 91

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Education in Albania faces multiple challenges. For long isolated from the west Soviet education practices served as a model for this particularly isolated socialist state. Current reforms are hampered by shortages of materials, textbooks, adequate specialists and well trained teachers. Working conditions in the schools are far from satisfactory and school drop-out rates are on the rise. This book aims to serve students, teachers, specialists in education and organisations that are involved in any kind of educational change to obtain an insight not only into the present situation, but also to enable them to envisage the path that Albanian education has gone through on the long and difficult road towards democracy. Readers will find basic information concerning the Albanian education system and data is provided on a range of matters such as the structure of education, management, financing, teaching methods and text books, teacher qualifications and the relations between schools and the community. The author concludes with a review of the long term strategy necessary for the development of the Albanian education at the beginning of the new millennium.

Personalizing Learning

Transforming Education for Every Child

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Author: John West-Burnham,Max Coates

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 1855391147

Category: Education

Page: 176

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Most schools have improved significantly over the past ten years. The quality of teaching is better than it has ever been and yet there is a sense that schools are still not meeting the needs of all young people. The answer to this challenge is personalizing learning; a switch from the school to the learner - from the needs of the system to the needs of the person. This book presents both a manifesto and a model for the personalization of learning. It combines emerging theories of learning with best professional practice to support schools in developing their own way of moving from improvement to transformation.

Transforming Education in Egypt

Western Influence and Domestic Policy Reform

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Author: Fatma H. Sayed

Publisher: American Univ in Cairo Press

ISBN: 9789774160165

Category: Education

Page: 174

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Basic education--considered essential for building democratic societies and competitive economies--has headed the agendas of development agencies in recent years. During the same period, Egypt topped the lists of recipients of development assistance and proclaimed education to be its national project. In Transforming Education in Egypt, political scientist Fatma Sayed explains how Egyptian domestic political actors have interacted with and reacted to international development aid to Egypt's educational system, particularly when that aid is linked to sensitive issues of reform and cultural change. In recent years, international donors have called for changes that are inconsistent with the functions, structures and culture of Egyptian institutions, resulting in a climate of suspicion surrounding foreign aid to education. In this penetrating analysis, Sayed looks at how problems are diagnosed and reforms implemented and resisted. As Sayed demonstrates, the low level of ownership and consensus among the various domestic actors and the failure to establish strategic coalitions to support the reforms result in poor implementation and incomplete internalization. Policy makers have to date not succeeded in achieving the minimum level of domestic consensus essential for embedding the values and culture that bring about true reform. From the debate over free education to conspiracy theories and the evolving definition of international norms, this book sheds new light on the conflict of ideas that surrounds donor-sponsored reforms.

Lessons Without Limit

How Free-choice Learning is Transforming Education

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Author: John Howard Falk,Lynn Diane Dierking

Publisher: Rowman Altamira

ISBN: 9780759101609

Category: Education

Page: 189

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Lessons Without Limit is not just another book about school reform but a highly readable guide to transforming the entire experience of learning across a lifetime. Free-choice learning is all about what you choose to do in your learning time. We learn every day at home, at school, at work, and out in the world, from books, in museums, watching television, hearing a symphony, building a model rocket. Our motivations and expectations change over our lifetime but learning never stops. This book will give you a new understanding of the learning process and guide you in maximizing your lifelong learning journey. Visit the authors' web page"

Creative Development

Transforming Education through Design Thinking, Innovation, and Invention

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Author: Robert Kelly

Publisher: Brush Education

ISBN: 1550596683

Category: Education

Page: 240

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Spark continual creative growth for both learners and educators. Creativity is a key ingredient for success in the knowledge economy of the 21st century, where skills such as collaboration, communication, and critical thinking are central. Most educators agree that encouraging creativity must become a central goal in the classroom, but they face an ongoing struggle to build and maintain an environment that promotes their students’ creative development. In Creative Development: Transforming Education through Design Thinking, Innovation, and Invention, Robert Kelly equips educators with the theory, strategies, and tactics that allow creativity to flourish. Creative Development features voices from the field to showcase practical, real-life examples of successfully fostering creative development in education. Topics include: How to create an educational culture conducive to creative development. Effective instructional design and assessment as creativity. Bridging the gap between design thinking and design doing. Teacher education and training for creative classrooms. Key vocabulary and theory in the field of creativity.

Inspiring School Change

Transforming Education through the Creative Arts

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Author: Christine Hall,Pat Thomson

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1317429052

Category: Education

Page: 200

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Recognising performance and accountability pressures on schools, Inspiring School Change shows how a commitment to the arts in education can meet core school agendas of pupil and parent engagement, attainment, improved teaching and inclusion. Schools are under pressure to develop their students’ creativity and to improve their cultural education. This book fills a gap by marshalling the arguments and evidence for a form of education in, through and with the arts that moves beyond individual projects to become central to teaching, learning and school reform. When the arts are taken seriously, schools become different - and better - places. Using research evidence to promote greater awareness of the capacity of the arts to promote educational change, this text captures four key themes that run through all of the chapters: • Inspiration - sharing experiences and the way they happened, documenting inspiring pedagogy by understanding the reason it was done, the factors and the people involved in making it work. • School change - the need for schools to better prepare young people for the lives they will live in the twenty-first century; to engage young people more effectively and so educate them better, and the recognition that in an unequal society schools can contribute to making things fairer. • Creative arts - demonstrates, through international research, how the arts can facilitate whole school learning, meet core agendas, such as attainment, inclusion and promote lifelong learning. • Transforming education - marshals the arguments and evidence for a form of education in, through and with the arts that moves beyond individual projects to become central to teaching, learning and school reform. Tackling the hot topics of parent and pupil engagement, standards and accountability in a fresh way, Inspiring School Change offers those engaged in the research and practice of improving teaching and learning with insight into the educational value and possibilities of arts-based teaching and an arts-rich curriculum

Transforming Education Outside the Classroom

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Author: Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Children, Schools and Families Committee

Publisher: The Stationery Office

ISBN: 9780215553478

Category: Education

Page: 55

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The Children, Schools and Families Committee report on progress in children's education outside the classroom points to the lack of growth in recent years in the number of school trips and visits, and pupils from poorer areas are still much less likely to take them. Since the Committee's original report on this topic (2nd report of session 2004-05, HC 120, ISBN 9780215021908), progress in addressing the barriers to learning outside the classroom has been disappointing: funding to support related initiatives has been derisory; teachers' fears over health and safety litigation, making them reluctant to offer trips and visits, have not been effectively addressed; teacher training continues to pay scant attention to giving new teachers the skills and confidence to lead school trips and visits; the new 'rarely cover' provisions have led to many schools cutting back on opportunities for pupils and teachers. The Committee commends the principle of subsidies for children from low-income families to go on school visits. There needs to be an individual entitlement to learning outside the classroom guaranteed within the national curriculum. The Committee proposes: the promised revised health and safety guidance must be published at the earliest opportunity to help allay teachers' litigation fears; more high profile champions of learning outside the classroom are required; the Department and teacher unions must provide stronger leadership on how 'rarely cover' provisions are interpreted. A clearer and more consistent presence must be given to learning outside the classroom in initial teacher training and early career and ongoing professional development.