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Small schools and strong communities : a third way of school reform

Publication Type:



Teachers College Press, New York, p.183 (2010)

Call Number:

Cubb LB3012.5 .S77 2010



Educational change, School improvement programs, School size


Contents: Introduction: community, small schools, and school reform -- Authentic learning and community -- School reform: old paradigms in older bottles? -- Community and small schools : a way forward? -- Education and community -- Learning, belonging, and school reform : -- Why community is necessary and why community is hard -- Why community is necessary -- Why community is hard -- Community and the communitarian critique of liberalism -- The "bads" of community -- Schools that are communities and schools that are not -- Schools as communities -- Community and normation -- Community and shared educational projects -- The four c's of community -- The structural conditions of community -- Community of practice and intellectual community -- Community and the core goals of education -- The idea of a practice and the transformative capacity of practices -- Creating communities of practice -- Democratic community : creating a polity -- If we want democratic schools what do we want? -- The governance of democratic school communities -- Democratic communities and common goods -- Equal opportunity and democratic inclusion -- Democracy, choice, and the common school -- Conclusion : democratic schools and a social contract -- Small schools, community and school reform -- Small schools : size or community? -- Research on small schools -- What is a small school? -- Small schools, personalization and community -- Policies for small schools : scaling up, keeping on -- Scaling up -- Keeping on : policies for thriving school communities -- Summary -- Community and small schools: -- A new paradigm for school reform -- The idea of a paradigm -- Paradigms for reform : standards and choice -- Motivation, governance and more -- Community and accountability -- The common view of accountability : why it is dysfunctional -- Accountability for community -- If wishes were fishes : conclusions, doubts, and the big picture -- A few conclusions and some doubts -- Silver bullets and the big picture.