Recent Articles


Lessons from a Federal Grant for School Diversity: Tracing a Theory of Change and Implementation of Local Policies
Elizabeth DeBray, Kathryn McDermott, Erica Frankenberg, Ann Elizabeth Blankenship
In 2009, the U.S. Department of Education made grants to eleven school districts under the Technical Assistance for Student Assignment Plans (TASAP) program. The impetus for the program came from the Council of Great City Schools, which was concerned that school districts would respond to a recent Supreme Court decision by dismantling policies with integrative aims. We analyze the design of...

Official Policies and Teachers’ Tendency to Act: Exploring the Discrepancies in Teachers’ Perceptions
Orly Shapira – Lishchinsky, Israel Zvi Gilat
The aim of the study is to investigate whether there are discrepancies between teachers’ perceptions of the ‘official policies’ and their ‘tendency to act,’ based on their ethical decision-making. A qualitative analysis of 60 Israeli teachers’ questionnaires consisting of critical ethical incidents revealed multifaceted ethical dilemmas nested in categories of ‘discrepancies between official...

Performance Measures for Teachers and Teacher Education: Corporate Education Reform Opens the Door to New Legal Issues
Diana Pullin
Recent efforts to change the teaching profession and teacher preparation include a number of innovations to use portfolio assessment, value added measures (VAM), accountability metrics and other corporate education reform ideas.  These approaches may provoke considerable potential legal consequences. Traditional constitutional and civil rights issues will continue to be important...

Red Beads and Profound Knowledge: Deming and Quality of Education
Sharon Lohr
Value-added models are being implemented in many states in an attempt to measure the contributions of individual teachers and schools toward students’ learning. Scores from these models are increasingly used for high-stakes purposes such as setting compensation, hiring or dismissing teachers, awarding tenure, and closing schools. The statistician W. Edwards Deming wrote extensively about...

Parental Trigger Laws and the Power of Framing in Educational Politics
Abe Feuerstein
This paper examines the discursive strategies employed by advocates of Parent Trigger laws in the United States which allow parents of children in “failing” schools, in some states, to call for interventions in the operation of the schools via petition. The paper reviews the genesis of Parent Trigger laws, the network of conservative political organizations supporting Parent Trigger...

Graduation in Accounting Sciences - Emphasis on Competences: Contributions to the Debate
Marcos Laffin
The productive restructuring required new training bases to ensure improvements in the professional performance. The undergrad degree in Accounting in Brazil, through the curriculum guidelines of the course, adopted the training path based on competences and skills. This tension inclined to competences required a training to respond to the labor market, depriving the understanding of...

Between Art and Teaching: A Study on the Profile of Alumni from Undergraduate Dance Programmes in Southern Brazil
João Souza, Marcelo de Andrade Pereira, Gilberto Icle
The following paper analyses the profile of alumni from undergraduate dance programmes in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. We problematise a recurring statement in such documents, that is, the promise that the combination of art and education would guarantee a better professional outlook, appropriate to the world of work. This analysis relies on Michel Foucault's ideas of discursive...

Barriers to Success? The Role of Statewide Education Governance Structures in P-20 Council Collaboration
Jennifer Rippner
Collaboration between K-12 and higher education sectors has not been as productive as participants and policy leaders would like – especially in an era of emphasis on college readiness and completion, which requires such collaboration. Various mechanisms have been used to foster collaboration including state P-20 (early learning through higher education) councils, however these have not always...

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