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Small Schools and Strong Communities A Third Way of School Reform

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ISBN-10: 0807750581

ISBN-13: 9780807750582

Edition: 2010

Authors: Kenneth A. Strike, Mary Anne Raywid

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In this insightful book, Kenneth Strike develops a new vision of school reform. Arguing that good schools are first and foremost strong communities, Strike maintains that the small schools movement is the best hope to create such schools. He shows how the core assumptions that characterize the "community paradigm" are preferable to those of standards-based reform and choice.
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Book details

List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 4/5/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 208
Size: 6.13" wide x 8.97" long x 0.56" tall
Weight: 0.660
Language: English

Kenneth A. Strike is a professor of cultural foundations of education and of philosophy at Syracuse University. He is also professor emeritus at Cornell University, where he taught from 1971 to 2000, and is former chair of the Department of Education Policy Studies at the University of Maryland. He earned his BA from Wheaton College and his MA and PhD from Northwestern University. He has been a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Alberta. He is a past president of the Philosophy of Education Society and was elected to the National Academy of Education in 1993. He was a member of the National Research Council Committee on School Finance, Equity, Adequacy, and Productivity…    

Introduction: Community, Small Schools, and School Reform
Authentic Learning and Community
School Reform: Old Paradigms in Older Bottles?
Community and Small Schools: A Way Forward?
Education and Community
Learning, Belonging, and School Reform: Why Community Is Necessary and Why Community Is Hard
Why Community Is Necessary
Why Community Is Hard
Community and the Communitarian Critique of Liberalism
The "Bads" of Community
Schools That Are Communities and Schools That Are Not
Schools as Communities
Community and Normation
Community and Shared Educational Projects
The Four Cs of Community
Community of Practice and Intellectual Community
Community and the Core Goals of Education
The Idea of a Practice and the Transformative Capacity of Practices
Creating Communities of Practice
Democratic Community: Creating a Polity
If We Want Democratic Schools, What Do We Want?
The Governance of Democratic School Communities
Democratic Communities and Common Goods
Equal Opportunity and Democratic Inclusion
Democracy, Choice, and the Common School
Democratic Schools and a Social Contract
Small Schools, Community, and School Reform
Small Schools: Size or Community?
Research on Small Schools
What Is a Small School?
Small Schools, Personalization, and Community
Policies for Small Schools: Scaling Up, Keeping On
Scaling Up: Principles for Creating Successful Small Schools
Keeping On: Policies for Thriving School Communities
Community and Small Schools: A New Paradigm for School Reform
The Idea of a Paradigm
Two Paradigms for Reform: Standards and Choice
Motivation and More
A Third Way of School Reform
Community and Accountability
The Common View of Accountability: Why It Is Dysfunctional
Accountability for Community
If Wishes Were Fishes: Conclusions, Doubts, and the Big Picture
A Few Conclusions and Some Doubts
Silver Bullets and the Big Picture
About the Author