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Thomas, Gary – Harvard Educational Review, 2012
In this essay, Gary Thomas argues that education research repeatedly makes a mistake first noted by Dewey: it misunderstands our science. This misunderstanding has led to attempts to import various putatively scientific precepts into education inquiry. But in reality, he argues, those "scientific" precepts do not characterize scientific endeavor,…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Scientific Methodology, Generalization, Inquiry
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Bryk, Anthony S.; Harding, Heather; Greenberg, Sharon – Harvard Educational Review, 2012
In this article, Anthony Bryk, Heather Harding, and Sharon Greenberg report on a roundtable jointly sponsored by Teach For America and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The authors brought together a group of scholars and practitioners with a broad range of perspectives and asked them to explore several questions related to…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Skills, Context Effect, Teacher Recruitment
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Johnson, Susan Moore – Harvard Educational Review, 2012
In this article, Susan Moore Johnson calls for a balanced approach to improving teaching and learning, one that focuses on both teachers and the contexts in which they work. Drawing on over a decade of research on the experiences of new teachers, Johnson argues that focusing on the effectiveness of individuals while ignoring how their schools are…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, School Organization, Teacher Improvement, Teacher Characteristics
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Papay, John P. – Harvard Educational Review, 2012
In this article, John Papay argues that teacher evaluation tools should be assessed not only on their ability to measure teacher performance accurately, but also on how well they inform and support ongoing teacher development. He looks at two major approaches to teacher evaluation reform: value-added measures and standards-based evaluations. Papay…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Faculty Development, Teacher Effectiveness, Academic Achievement
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Garcia, David G.; Yosso, Tara J.; Barajas, Frank P. – Harvard Educational Review, 2012
In this article, David G. Garcia, Tara J. Yosso, and Frank P. Barajas examine the early twentieth-century origins of a dual schooling system that facilitated the reproduction of a cheap labor force and the marginalization of Mexicans in Oxnard, California. In their analysis of the 1930s Oxnard Elementary School District board minutes, alongside…
Descriptors: School Segregation, Mexican Americans, Racial Discrimination, Elementary Schools
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Vaught, Sabina E. – Harvard Educational Review, 2012
In this article, Sabina Vaught undertakes the theoretical and analytical project of conceptually integrating "Whiteness as property", a key structural framework of Critical Race Theory (CRT), and "melancholia", a framework originally emerging from psychoanalysis. Specifically, Vaught engages "Whiteness as property" as…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Race, Racial Discrimination, Grief
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Sullivan, Jeremy P. – Harvard Educational Review, 2012
In this article, Jeremy Sullivan explores the history of teacher evaluations in Montgomery County, Maryland. He describes how, over the course of three decades, the Montgomery County Education Association (MCEA) established itself as a strong and powerful professional association and leveraged its power to institutionalize a more collaborative…
Descriptors: Teacher Evaluation, Peer Evaluation, Educational History, Teacher Associations
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Awokoya, Janet T. – Harvard Educational Review, 2012
Past scholarship on immigrant racial and ethnic identity construction tends to ignore the processes by which social context influences identity at the individual level. In this qualitative study, Janet T. Awokoya presents a complex understanding of 1.5- and second-generation African immigrant youths' identities. Awokoya explores how three major…
Descriptors: Immigrants, Ethnicity, Social Environment, Self Concept
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Herrera, Linda – Harvard Educational Review, 2012
Youth are coming of age in a digital era and learning and exercising citizenship in fundamentally different ways compared to previous generations. Around the globe, a monumental generational rupture is taking place that is being facilitated--not driven in some inevitable and teleological process--by new media and communication technologies. The…
Descriptors: Library Services, Foreign Countries, Citizenship, Internet
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Reddick, Richard J.; Saenz, Victor B. – Harvard Educational Review, 2012
In this article, Richard J. (Rich) Reddick and Victor B. Saenz, two assistant professors of color, utilize scholarly personal narrative to reflect on their trajectory from undergraduates at a predominantly White institution--one prominently mired in a legacy of discrimination and exclusion toward people of color--to faculty members at that same…
Descriptors: African Americans, Personal Narratives, Outreach Programs, Diversity (Faculty)
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Hermes, Mary; Bang, Megan; Marin, Ananda – Harvard Educational Review, 2012
Endangered Indigenous languages have received little attention within the American educational research community. However, within Native American communities, language revitalization is pushing education beyond former iterations of culturally relevant curriculum and has the potential to radically alter how we understand culture and language in…
Descriptors: American Indian Languages, American Indian Education, Language Maintenance, Indigenous Knowledge
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Heilig, Julian Vasquez; Brown, Keffrelyn D.; Brown, Anthony L. – Harvard Educational Review, 2012
In this article, Julian Vasquez Heilig, Keffrelyn Brown, and Anthony Brown offer findings from a close textual analysis of how the Texas social studies standards address race, racism, and communities of color. Using the lens of critical race theory, the authors uncover the sometimes subtle ways that the standards can appear to adequately address…
Descriptors: State Standards, Critical Theory, Social Theories, Racial Factors
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Enriquez, Laura E. – Harvard Educational Review, 2011
Drawing from the educational experiences of fifty-four undocumented immigrant college students, Laura E. Enriquez seeks to uncover the concrete ways in which social capital is used to successfully navigate K-12 educational institutions and pursue a higher education. Enriquez argues that there is a need for a more grounded understanding of how…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Academic Achievement, Social Networks, Educational Experience
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Chang, Aurora – Harvard Educational Review, 2011
In this personal essay, Aurora Chang describes her experience of "hyperdocumentation"--the effort to accrue awards, accolades, and eventually academic degrees to compensate for her undocumented status. In spite of her visible successes and naturalization, Chang still confronts the rage and intolerance of American "commonsense" beliefs about…
Descriptors: Academic Degrees, Undocumented Immigrants, Personal Narratives, Essays
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Huang, Carrie – Harvard Educational Review, 2011
Having lived in Oakland's Chinatown all her life, the author is proud to say that she loves her language--Cantonese. She is grateful that she can speak such a language, that she can use this skill to converse with her elders or peers, and that she is able to connect with others so lovingly, like her mother did on the streets of Chinatown. She has…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Sino Tibetan Languages, Chinese, Chinese Americans
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