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Chang, Ethan – Harvard Educational Review, 2019
In this comparative ethnographic case study, Ethan Chang examines the politics of digital education reform. Drawing on new institutional theory and boundary work, he investigates how two digital technology nonprofit organizations in California drew boundaries to define themselves and ensure their survival in a competitive organizational field. He…
Descriptors: Politics of Education, Educational Change, Educational Technology, Academic Achievement
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Vakil, Sepehr – Harvard Educational Review, 2018
In this essay, Sepehr Vakil argues that a more serious engagement with critical traditions in education research is necessary to achieve a justice-centered approach to equity in computer science (CS) education. With CS rapidly emerging as a distinct feature of K-12 public education in the United States, calls to expand CS education are often…
Descriptors: Ethics, Self Concept, Access to Education, Role
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Vossoughi, Shirin; Hooper, Paula K.; Escudé, Meg – Harvard Educational Review, 2016
In this essay, Shirin Vossoughi, Paula Hooper, and Meg Escudé advance a critique of branded, culturally normative definitions of making and caution against their uncritical adoption into the educational sphere. The authors argue that the ways making and equity are conceptualized can either restrict or expand the possibility that the growing maker…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Equal Education, Educational Practices, Working Class
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Harouni, Houman – Harvard Educational Review, 2015
Why do schools teach the mathematics that they do? In this essay, Houman Harouni asserts that educational institutions offer mathematics standards and curricula without providing convincing justifications and that students are tested on content whose purpose neither they nor their teachers clearly understand. He proposes a theoretical framework…
Descriptors: Mathematics Education, Politics of Education, Role of Education, Educational History
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Gallo, Sarah; Link, Holly – Harvard Educational Review, 2015
In this article, Sarah Gallo and Holly Link draw on a five-year ethnographic study of Latina/o immigrant children and their elementary schooling to examine the complexities of how children, teachers, and families in a Pennsylvania town navigate learning within a context of unprecedented deportations. Gallo and Link focus on the experiences and…
Descriptors: Cultural Background, Undocumented Immigrants, Immigration, Public Policy
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Ishimaru, Ann M. – Harvard Educational Review, 2014
In this ethnographic case study, Ann M. Ishimaru examines how a collaboration emerged and evolved between a low-income Latino parent organizing group and the leadership of a rapidly changing school district. Using civic capacity and community organizing theories, Ishimaru seeks to understand the role of parents, goals, strategies, and change…
Descriptors: School Districts, Community Organizations, School Community Programs, School Community Relationship
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Filindra, Alexandra; Blanding, David; Coll, Cynthia Garcia – Harvard Educational Review, 2011
Children of immigrant backgrounds--children who are immigrants themselves or were born to immigrant parents--are the largest segment of growth in the U.S. school population. In this exploratory interdisciplinary analysis, Filindra, Blanding, and Garcia Coll ask whether the context of policy and political receptivity, even when they are not…
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Educational Objectives, Outcomes of Education, Graduation
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Duncan-Andrade, Jeffrey M. R. – Harvard Educational Review, 2009
In this essay, Jeff Duncan-Andrade explores the concept of hope, which was central to the Obama campaign, as essential for nurturing urban youth. He first identifies three forms of "false hope"--hokey hope, mythical hope, and hope deferred--pervasive in and peddled by many urban schools. Discussion of these false hopes then gives way to…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Figurative Language, Educational Practices, Urban Youth
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Payne, Charles; Knowles, Tim – Harvard Educational Review, 2009
In this essay, Charles Payne and Tim Knowles argue that given President Obama's support of charter schools, it is time for educators and policymakers to closely consider both the possibilities and the limitations of these schools in the context of urban school reform. The authors discuss the unique flexibility of charter schools--namely in…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Charter Schools, School Restructuring, School Effectiveness
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Carter, Prudence L. – Harvard Educational Review, 2009
Reflecting on the 2008 election, Prudence Carter challenges the popular notion that President Obama's victory is symbolic of a postracial society in the United States. Citing statistics about the opportunity gap that still exists in our nation's schools--as well as the recent Supreme Court cases that served to halt racial desegregation--Carter…
Descriptors: Racial Integration, Court Litigation, Empathy, Presidents
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Suarez-Orozco, Carola; Suarez-Orozco, Marcelo M. – Harvard Educational Review, 2009
In this essay, Carola Suarez-Orozco and Marcelo Suarez-Orozco address one of the most critical challenges facing President Obama's administration: meeting the educational needs of Latino and other immigrant children in the United States. The authors first provide a brief overview of past policies and agendas that have created a situation in which…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Immigrants, Hispanic American Students, Student Needs
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Tuck, Eve – Harvard Educational Review, 2009
In this open letter, Eve Tuck calls on communities, researchers, and educators to reconsider the long-term impact of "damage-centered" research--research that intends to document peoples' pain and brokenness to hold those in power accountable for their oppression. This kind of research operates with a flawed theory of change: it is often used to…
Descriptors: Social Science Research, Indigenous Populations, Observation, Disadvantaged
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McLaughlin, Jennifer; Kelly, Kim – Harvard Educational Review, 2009
The following essay is a dialogue between two high school English teachers at a small, progressive public school on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Throughout their dialogue, Jen, whose voice appears in italics, and Kim, whose voice appears in plain text, discuss the factors that motivated their decisions to become teachers, tell of the distinct…
Descriptors: English Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Interpersonal Communication, Political Attitudes
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Behrent, Megan – Harvard Educational Review, 2009
High school teacher Megan Behrent reflects on the impact of Obama's election on the students in her high school classroom. Obliged to temper her students' joyful exuberance on the morning of November 5, 2008, Behrent found that the election fervor highlighted for her the ways that schooling under NCLB has constrained both educators and students,…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Student Relationship, Presidents, African Americans
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Ladson-Billings, Gloria – Harvard Educational Review, 2009
In this essay, Gloria Ladson-Billings describes her reaction to Barack Obama's election and her desire to share these historic moments with folks she considers "everyday people." She then looks to the future of education in the United States and highlights obstacles to the Obama administration's meaningful engagement with education…
Descriptors: Presidents, African Americans, Elections, African American Teachers
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