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DeMatthews, David; Brown, Carleton H. – Educational Forum, 2019
This article examines how urban principals can proactively respond to neighborhood violence through a community-oriented leadership framework. We analyzed principal interviews to understand the important and multifaceted roles of urban secondary school principals in creating safe and responsive schools that meet the diverse needs of grieving…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Principals, Violence, Neighborhoods
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Iwai, Yuko – Educational Forum, 2019
This study focused on preservice teachers' perceptions of culturally responsive teaching using multicultural literature. They learned about diversity issues, multicultural literature, and culturally responsive teaching, worked on a multicultural literature project, developed hands-on literacy lessons, and taught them to elementary school students.…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Teaching Methods, Cultural Pluralism, Literature
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Andrei, Elena – Educational Forum, 2019
This study looked at how five adolescent English Learners (ELs) in an English as a second language class use the available digital technology. Data collected consisted of classroom observations, student and classroom documents, and focus student interviews. Data collection and analysis were simultaneous processes. Findings suggest adolescent ELs…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Laptop Computers, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Teaching Methods
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Anderson, Bill; Narum, Ashley; Wolf, Jennifer Lynn – Educational Forum, 2019
Dysconscious racism is generally defined as the unquestioned acceptance of culturally dominant norms and privileges, with three categories used to describe college students' reasoning for enduring racial inequity. These range from the historical determinism of slavery to racially exploitive standards inherent in American society. However, few…
Descriptors: Racial Bias, Slavery, College Students, Student Attitudes
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Gilbert, Chris – Educational Forum, 2019
Individualism and competition are central neoliberal concepts that have profoundly altered the U.S. public education system. This article draws on poststructuralist theory and advances the argument that these concepts have produced problematic policies and deeply flawed school choice mechanisms such as charter schools and school vouchers. I also…
Descriptors: Neoliberalism, Public Education, Educational Change, Individualism
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Smith, Rebecca; Ralston, Nicole; Naegele, Zulema; Waggoner, Jacqueline – Educational Forum, 2019
This study explored how one district-community partnership, comprised of seven nonprofit community partners that serve five elementary schools in a single urban school district, improved community literacy. This collective case study used semi-structured interviews to investigate the perspectives of 17 partners and analyzed student assessment…
Descriptors: School Community Relationship, Partnerships in Education, School Districts, Elementary Schools
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Murphy, Audrey Figueroa; Torff, Bruce – Educational Forum, 2019
Survey research tested the hypothesis that teachers support less rigorous curriculum for English language learners (ELLs) than for general-education (GE) students. Participating teachers worked in urban schools with large populations of ELLs. Teachers rated descriptions of instructional activities that differed in demand for critical thinking…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, English Language Learners, Urban Schools, Critical Thinking
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Bond, Nathan – Educational Forum, 2019
Educators and policy makers often lack the ability to work together to address issues facing schools. For this multiple case study, three educators who advocate regularly at the local, state, and national levels were asked by the researcher to offer advice for influencing legislative change. The findings suggest that educators interested in…
Descriptors: Advocacy, Educational Policy, Legislation, Politics of Education
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Baer, Pamela; Salisbury, Jenny; Goldstein, Tara – Educational Forum, 2019
In this article, we reflect on the way our verbatim theatre script Out at School was paired with Theatre of the Oppressed work in an undergraduate applied theatre class. Through an engagement with the complex lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) families at school, students moved from a response of what Jenny Salisbury calls…
Descriptors: Empathy, Theater Arts, Teaching Methods, Social Bias
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Stillman, Jamy; Ahmed, Kathryn Struthers; Castañeda-Flores, Erika – Educational Forum, 2019
In this article, we share findings from a 3-year project in which novice teacher educators participated in Freirean culture circles and Boalian Theatre of the Oppressed (teatro) in order to critically explore the work of justice-oriented teacher education. Anchored in one of the project's most resonant scenarios, the article illustrates how teatro…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Teacher Educators, Teacher Education, Social Justice
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Foster-Shaner, Liz; Sondel, Beth; Generett, Gretchen; King, Michelle – Educational Forum, 2019
For the past year, we have been co-facilitating Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) workshops across Pittsburgh, tailored specifically toward local educators and educational activists. The overarching intentions of these workshops were twofold: (a) to cultivate educators' understanding of and response to how power and privilege operate in educational…
Descriptors: Theater Arts, Power Structure, Activism, Self Concept
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Caldas, Blanca – Educational Forum, 2019
This article examined the process of reaction, sense-making, and action through Forum Theatre of a group of 20 Latinx bilingual preservice teachers exploring issues of racism, linguicism, and discrimination. Forum Theatre provided a space where the messiness of emotions became a springboard for creativity, strategy-planning, and advocacy. Findings…
Descriptors: Bilingual Students, Hispanic American Students, Preservice Teachers, Racial Discrimination
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Cruz, Joana P.; Malafaia, Carla; Silva, José Eduardo; Menezes, Isabel – Educational Forum, 2019
This article presents a 2-year participatory intervention developed in a secondary school. Based on the European project Catch-EyoU, fostering a critical and active European citizenship, Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) was used with students to develop individual and collective reflection on the possibilities of political change over dating…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Theater Arts, Social Justice, Audience Participation
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Forgasz, Rachel – Educational Forum, 2019
I draw on theories of embodied and critical reflection to propose how Boal's The Rainbow of Desire (TRoD) develops teachers' critical consciousness by supporting them to interrogate practice through the lens of power. In particular, the embodied, emotional, problem-posing, and collaborative characteristics of TRoD offer an embodied approach to…
Descriptors: Reflection, Consciousness Raising, Power Structure, Theater Arts
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Buchanan, Rebecca; Byard, Tessa; Ferguson, Grace; Billings, Kayla; Dana, Mingwun; Champagne, Josie – Educational Forum, 2019
Standardization and accountability forces in education have created a landscape that prioritizes surveillance and treats teaching and learning as transactional. This article explores how a teacher educator and student teachers sought to navigate these constrained spaces by centralizing tensions and acting agentively. Student teachers reflect on…
Descriptors: Standards, Student Teaching, Student Teachers, Accountability
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