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Inouye, Martha; Houseal, Ana – Schools: Studies in Education, 2018
Anyone who has spent decades in public education is aware of the pendulum swing of ideas, strategies, and policies that can cause drastic changes. Since the 1980s, inclusion of critical thinking development in classrooms has sharply declined, given accountability mandates and legislation such as No Child Left Behind. A potential reawakening to…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Teaching Methods, Science Instruction, Standards
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Seigle, Benjamin – Schools: Studies in Education, 2017
In this reflective essay, an English teacher recounts failures and successes teaching Vladimir Nabokov's "Lolita". The author considers both why and how the novel might be introduced to high school students.
Descriptors: English Teachers, Novels, High School Students, Literature Appreciation
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Jaffe-Notier, Tamara – Schools: Studies in Education, 2017
In this essay, the author asserts that the dialogic pedagogy of Paulo Freire provides a good description of the dynamic of authentic learning. The author narrates one short example and one long example of Freirian dialogues occurring in a public high school, giving details that describe moments of transformation. The short narrative sketches…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Dialogs (Language), High School Students, Transformative Learning
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Benus, Matthew J.; Martin, Leisa A.; Lauzon, Glenn P. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2016
Despite extensive commentary on the Pledge of Allegiance in schools, little is known about how students think of its daily recitation. This study asked 88 Native American high school students about their experiences with classroom recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance. Aware that they had the right to refrain from participating, most students…
Descriptors: High School Students, American Indian Students, Patriotism, Instructional Effectiveness
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Hawkes, T. Elijah; Twemlow, Stuart W. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2015
When school communities are troubled by violence, or threats of violence, at the hands of young people, educators have an opportunity to learn about aggression and adolescent identity development. A disturbing threat incident provides the point of departure for this principal's reflection on how high school curriculum can better meet the identity…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Violence, Aggression
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Theisen-Homer, Victoria – Schools: Studies in Education, 2014
In this autobiographical narrative, the author recounts her experiences teaching the novel "Always Running" by Luis Rodriguez with her English classes at a high school in a gang-heavy area. When she first started teaching, this teacher struggled to engage students. One particularly disruptive student requested to read "Always…
Descriptors: Autobiographies, Personal Narratives, Novels, English Teachers
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Parsons, Rachel – Schools: Studies in Education, 2013
Many people have ideas about what it means to teach in inner-city schools, but they are often off the mark. This essay explores the challenges, beauties, and complexities of working in an alternative/transfer school in New York City, with a population that is at very high risk for dropping out. Through individual portraits of students, the author…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Nontraditional Education, At Risk Students
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Tyner-Mullings, Alia R. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2012
This article connects the theoretical perspective of Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed with the teaching and learning styles of teachers and students at Central Park East Secondary School (CPESS) in East Harlem, New York. It examines some of the ways the Freireian model has worked within the public school system and considers some of the…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Small Schools, Instruction, Cognitive Style
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Cooke, Flora J. – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
Is it better to aim at a high ideal, with only moderate success in attainment, or is it better to be satisfied with a lower goal, one involving less effort and little responsibility? This is the question which pupils in upper grades and high school face every year. There are always some members of every class who seek the best things. They desire…
Descriptors: School Administration, High School Students, Leadership Effectiveness, Leadership Styles
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Hawkes, T. Elijah – Schools: Studies in Education, 2011
Exile has its place. As an age-old human response to conflict, its potential value to the healthy maturation of students and the school community should not be discounted. Exile or ostracism goes by various names in school. Students are told: Move your desk. Leave the classroom and wait in the hall. Go to the office. Go to detention. You're…
Descriptors: High Schools, Principals, Discipline, Suspension
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Baylin, Eric – Schools: Studies in Education, 2010
The article is a personal account of my engagement with some recent neuroscientific theory put forth by Mary Helen Immordino-Yang (University of Southern California) about the integral relationship between emotion and cognition. Specifically, the research suggests the necessity of engaging students on an emotional level in order to thoroughly…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Cognitive Processes, Psychological Patterns, Photography
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Hawkes, T. Elijah – Schools: Studies in Education, 2010
For millions of years, human beings evolved and then lived in small social groupings that were intergenerational, with simple divisions of labor, oriented to common tasks and values. It was a limited existence in many ways, but there was community and continuity. And now, very suddenly in evolutionary time, we have built the teeming cities and…
Descriptors: Principals, Progressive Education, Public Schools, High Schools