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Kotzin, Diana Slaughter – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2017
This article begins with an introduction to the concept of urban education. Next, the author addresses the future challenge of long-term and developmental perspective in this field, as contrasted with perspectives held by prekindergarten and preschool professionals in early childhood education. Her hope is that this challenge will be addressed in…
Descriptors: Urban Education, Institutional Mission, Educational Development, Educational Change
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West-Burns, Nicole; Murray, Karen – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2016
In classroom spaces on a daily basis, students are encouraged to express who they are as learners and demonstrate their own understanding of their learning. Students' ability to contribute to their own learning is an essential characteristic of an engaging classroom space and supports high academic achievement. The authors' work highlights one…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged, Power Structure, Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries
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Spencer, Tamara – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2011
In recent years, researchers have called into question the efficacy of prescribed commercial curricula in early childhood classrooms (Genishi & Dyson, 2009). Despite these concerns, federally funded initiatives and such findings as those presented in the Report of the National Early Literacy Panel continue to promote scientifically based…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Literacy Education, Reading, Ethnography
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McNamee, Abigail; Mercurio, Mia Lynn – Penn GSE Perspectives on Urban Education, 2006
The authors believe that children need to feel safe--they need the illusion of safety--so that they can develop in a healthy way. But it is an "illusion" because in reality safety is never guaranteed for anyone. At times, traumatic events disrupt the safe environments that people have created. Janoff-Buhlman (1992) describes the "shattering of…
Descriptors: Children, Emotional Disturbances, Child Safety, War