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’68 beyond the Boreal Springs: Public representations of Brazilian university students in action
José Luis Hernández Huerta
The student movements which took place worldwide during 1968 had a considerable impact in Brazil, where they emerged as one of the social groups at the forefront of civic resistance to the dictatorship and modernisation of the university system. This article discusses the representations of Brazilian students in action, constructed and disseminated in the public sphere by the daily press....

The construction of the education researcher's ethos: The students’ perspective
Teresa Yurén, Luis Enrique García, Evelyn Moctezuma Ramírez, Silvia Briseño Agüero, Ana Esther Escalante
Academic bodies (AB) are research groups that were formed in Mexico at the beginning of the present century, within a policy for the development of higher education teachers. The AB are responsible to train researchers in postgraduate courses. We inquire about what postgraduate students in the field of education say about what the teachers who are members of these AB help them to form the...

The relationship between test preparation and state test performance: Evidence from the Measure of Effective Teaching (MET) project
Hongli Li, Yao Xiong
The passage of the NCLB Act enhanced accountability policies in the United States, and standardized testing became prevalent as a policy tool to ensure accountability in K-12 education. Given the high stakes of state administered accountability tests, more school teachers have adopted test-preparation strategies to ensure satisfactory student performance on state tests. However, it remains...

Sustaining change towards racial equity through cycles of inquiry
Alicia C. Dowd, Román Liera
Many national, state, and institutional policies and initiatives advocate for change in higher education through structured forms of data use. The case study of “Old Main University” presented in this article shows how local reformers ( n =9) drew on data and data use tools provided by a long-term action research project implemented at the university to advance racial equity goals at their...

Teacher perceptions of influence, autonomy, and satisfaction in the early Race to the Top era
Kim B. Wright, Samantha M. Shields, Katie Black, Manjari Banerjee, Hersh C. Waxman
In the present study, hierarchical linear modeling with random intercept models was used to estimate the impact school and teacher-level factors had on K-12 teachers’ perceptions of school influence, curricular and pedagogical autonomy, and job satisfaction in the early years of the Race to the Top Era. The main predictors investigated were whether students’ standardized test scores were used...

The impact of a reform: Limitation of autonomy, narrowing of freedom, and erosion of participation
Miriam Prieto, Patricia Villamor
Educational systems across the world are applying measures addressed to the improvement of education quality. These measures have as a consequence, the shaping of a rhetoric that works as a framework for the interpretation of educational agents’ action. The article deals with the analysis of the impact of global educational policies on the notions of educational agents’−teachers and...

The policy filtering process: Understanding distinctive state responses to the National College Completion Agenda in the United States
Paul G. Rubin, James C. Hearn
The United States has faced stagnant postsecondary education degree completion rates for over a decade. When coupled with improved educational outcomes in other nations, the one-time world leader in higher education attainment has precipitously declined in standing internationally. Coupling this reality with the need for a more educated workforce domestically led President Barack Obama to...

Student retention and dropout in Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean: A systematic review
Felipe René Munizaga Mellado, María Beatriz Cifuentes Orellana, Andrés Jacob Beltrán Gabrie
The phenomenon of student retention and dropout in the Latin American and Caribbean region entails significant social and economic repercussions, both for students and for society as a whole. Despite the importance it has acquired over the last few years, there is still no bibliographical review of a systematic and replicable methodology that allows us to understand the main results and...

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