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Brighouse, Harry; Schouten, Gina – Harvard Educational Review, 2014
In this essay, Harry Brighouse and Gina Schouten outline four standards for judging whether to support the chartering of a new school within a given jurisdiction. The authors pose the following questions to a hypothetical school board member: Will the school increase equality of opportunity? Will it benefit the least-advantaged students in the…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Standards, Equal Education, Disadvantaged Youth
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Mulvihill, Naomi – Harvard Educational Review, 2014
In this essay Naomi Mulvihill uses vignettes from her bilingual kindergarten classroom to explore the dynamic processes by which young children make sense of language, focusing on instances in which she asks her students to compare texts presented in English and Spanish. Using Piaget's concept of disequilibrium as a guiding framework,…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Bilingual Education, Spanish, English (Second Language)
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Ladson-Billings, Gloria – Harvard Educational Review, 2014
In this article, Ladson-Billings reflects on the history of her theory of culturally relevant pedagogy and the ways it has been used and misused since its inception. She argues for the importance of dynamic scholarship and suggests that it is time for a "remix" of her original theory: culturally sustaining pedagogy, as proposed by Paris…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Scholarship, Educational Theories, Social Justice
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Adair, Jennifer Keys – Harvard Educational Review, 2014
In this essay, Jennifer Keys Adair aims to clarify the concept of "agency" as a tool for improving the educational experiences of young children in the early grades. She conceptualizes agency in the context of schooling as the ability to influence what and how something is learned in order to expand capabilities, drawing on economic…
Descriptors: Early Childhood Education, Student Empowerment, Learning Experience, Elementary School Students
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Sheridan, Kimberly M.; Halverson, Erica Rosenfeld; Litts, Breanne K.; Brahms, Lisa; Jacobs-Priebe, Lynette; Owens, Trevor – Harvard Educational Review, 2014
Through a comparative case study, Sheridan and colleagues explore how makerspaces may function as learning environments. Drawing on field observations, interviews, and analysis of artifacts, videos, and other documents, the authors describe features of three makerspaces and how participants learn and develop through complex design and making…
Descriptors: Creative Activities, Design Crafts, Hands on Science, Shared Facilities
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Knight, David J. – Harvard Educational Review, 2014
In this article, David J. Knight investigates where and when Black and Latino male adolescents engage in self-disclosure--sharing their emotions, thoughts, and social perceptions--with their peers. Building from asset-based research and ecological theories of development, Knight analyzes in-depth interviews and finds that these adolescents may…
Descriptors: Males, Adolescents, Hispanic Americans, African Americans
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McAfee, Myosha – Harvard Educational Review, 2014
In this research article, Myosha McAfee presents findings from her grounded theory and microethnographical study of math instruction in a racially and socioeconomically diverse public school. Her analysis puts forth a new theory-the kinesiology of race-which conceptualizes race as a verb rather than a noun. It centrally considers how racial…
Descriptors: Race, Grounded Theory, Ethnography, Mathematics Instruction
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Kafai, Yasmin B.; Fields, Deborah A.; Searle, Kristin A. – Harvard Educational Review, 2014
Electronic textiles are a part of the increasingly popular maker movement that champions existing do-it-yourself activities. As making activities broaden from Maker Faires and fabrication spaces in children's museums, science centers, and community organizations to school classrooms, they provide new opportunities for learning while challenging…
Descriptors: Textiles Instruction, Design Crafts, Creative Activities, Student Projects
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Brion-Meisels, Gretchen – Harvard Educational Review, 2014
In this piece, Gretchen Brion-Meisels investigates how adolescents conceptualize support in the context of school. Student support systems have become a permanent structure in most U.S. public schools, responsible for ensuring equal access to support services. Unfortunately, little is known about how adolescents make meaning of school-based…
Descriptors: Academic Support Services, Holistic Approach, Adolescent Attitudes, Urban Youth
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Espinoza, Manuel Luis; Vossoughi, Shirin – Harvard Educational Review, 2014
What are the origins of educational rights? In this essay, Espinoza and Vossoughi assert that educational rights are "produced," "affirmed," and "negated" not only through legislative and legal channels but also through an evolving spectrum of educational activities embedded in everyday life. Thus, they argue that the…
Descriptors: Civil Rights, Educational Experience, African American Education, Learning
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Bauch, Nicholas; Sheldon, Christina – Harvard Educational Review, 2014
Whereas instruction on how to conduct original research can build on beginning college students' tacit information literacies, the explicit articulation of existing processes for information gathering is rarely elicited by instructors prior to students' submission of a final research paper. In this essay, authors Nicholas Bauch and Christina…
Descriptors: Information Literacy, Geography Instruction, Human Geography, Student Research
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Noonan, James – Harvard Educational Review, 2014
In this article, James Noonan uses portraiture to examine how the administrative team and the teachers at a small, urban middle school approach school improvement. He illustrates the ways in which the pressures associated with attempting school reform in our current high-accountability environment make it difficult for school personnel to engage…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Middle School Teachers, School Administration
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Warnick, Bryan R. – Harvard Educational Review, 2014
In this article, Bryan R. Warnick explores parents' authority to make educational decisions for their children. In philosophical debates, three types of arguments are typically invoked to justify parents' rights: arguments based on the welfare interests of children, arguments based on the expressive interests of parents, and arguments based on the…
Descriptors: Parent Rights, Personal Autonomy, School Choice, Decision Making
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Paris, Django; Alim, H. Samy – Harvard Educational Review, 2014
In this article, Django Paris and H. Samy Alim use the emergence of Paris's concept of culturally sustaining pedagogy (CSP) as the foundation for a respectful and productive critique of previous formulations of asset pedagogies. Paying particular attention to asset pedagogy's failures to remain dynamic and critical in a constantly evolving global…
Descriptors: Culturally Relevant Education, Sustainability, Heritage Education, Educational Practices
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Davis, Elizabeth A.; Palincsar, Annemarie Sullivan; Arias, Anna Maria; Bismack, Amber Schultz; Marulis, Loren M.; Iwashyna, Stefanie K. – Harvard Educational Review, 2014
In this article, the authors argue for a design process in the development of educative curriculum materials that is theoretically and empirically driven. Using a design-based research approach, they describe their design process for incorporating educative features intended to promote teacher learning into existing, high-quality curriculum…
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Instructional Materials, Educational Quality, Science Instruction
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