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Insights on how to shape teacher learning policy: The role of teacher content knowledge in explaining differential effects of professional development
Elizabeth Covay Minor, Laura Desimone, Jade Caines Lee, Eric D. Hochberg
In the US, many federal, state and local school improvement policies rely on teacher professional development (PD) to foster classroom change. Past research suggests PD that has a content focus is the most effective, but that even content-focused PD varies in its effectiveness. Through in-depth interviews of teachers participating in a middle school science PD randomized control trial in the...

Local control in the era of accountability: A case study of Wisconsin preK
M. Elizabeth Graue, Bethany Wilinski, Amato Nocera
The opposing principles of local control and increased standardization are a prominent tension in the United States’ education system. Since at least the early 1990s, this tension has taken shape around the accountability movement, defined by educational reforms that hold schools, teachers, and students accountable for performance on new standards, assessments, and curricula. While many...

Charting a democratic course for global citizenship education: Research directions and current challenges
John P. Myers
This article outlines research directions for global citizenship education, by emphasizing the centrality of democratic goals for schools in the 21 st century. Despite a significant shift in educational policies and practices towards addressing education that respond to the conditions of globalization, there is not a clear vision regarding its role in schools. Furthermore, curriculum reforms...

Are WE the world? A critical reflection on selfhood and global citizenship education
Chenyu Wang, Diane M. Hoffman
Although much debate exists on the conceptualization, nature, and goals of global citizenship education, there has been widespread support for incorporating ideals of global citizenship into the practices, texts, and curricula of U.S. schools and universities. This article offers an interpretive discourse-based critique of ideas of selfhood underlying global citizenship education. Based on...

Global citizenship education within a context of accountability and 21st century skills: The case of Olympus High School
Marzia Cozzolino DiCicco
This article addresses the present gap in empirical research on the possibilities and challenges of global citizenship education in U.S. public schools by presenting findings from a five-year, ethnographic case study. The setting for this study is Olympus High School, a small, suburban public high school in Pennsylvania. Beginning in the 2009–2010 school year, Olympus undertook a reform...

Context and curriculum in two global cities: A study of discourses of citizenship in Hong Kong and Singapore
Theresa Alviar-Martin, Mark Baildon
This qualitative, comparative case study examined global civic education (GCE) in the Asian global cities of Hong Kong and Singapore. Guided by theories that position curriculum at the intersection of discourse, context, and personal meaning-making, we sought to describe the ways in which intentions for GCE reflect broader societal discourses of citizenship and how curricula allow students to...

Expanding approaches to teaching for diversity and social justice in K-12 education: Fostering global citizenship across the content areas
Ariel Tichnor-Wagner, Hillary Parkhouse, Jocelyn Glazier, Jessie Montana Cain
Educators today must be able to respond to the needs of an increasingly diverse student body and to teach all students the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for civic participation in a globalized, pluralist society. While state departments of education and national teacher organizations have begun to adopt global awareness in their teaching standards and evaluation tools, educators need...

Exploring quality programs for English language learners in charter schools: A framework to guide future research
Peggie Garcia, P. Zitlali Morales
Although there has been a great deal of debate about the effectiveness of charter schools in the research literature, there has been surprisingly little attention paid to English language learners (ELLs) in charter schools. Moreover, the charter school research has predominantly focused on whether or not charter schools are effective rather than how or why high-performing charter schools...

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