The Trouble with Ed Schools
By (author) David F. Labaree
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Trouble with Ed Schools by David F. Labaree
Book DescriptionAmerican schools of education get little respect. They are portrayed as intellectual wastelands, as impractical and irrelevant, as the root cause of bad teaching and inadequate learning. In this book a sociologist and historian of education examines the historical developments and contemporary factors that have resulted in the unenviable status of ed schools, offering valuable insights into the problems of these beleaguered institutions. David F. Labaree explains how the poor reputation of the ed school has had important repercussions, shaping the quality of its programs, its recruitment, and the public response to the knowledge it offers. He notes the special problems faced by ed schools as they prepare teachers and produce research and researchers. And he looks at the consequences of the ed school's attachment to educational progressivism. Throughout these discussions, Labaree maintains an ambivalent position about education schools--admiring their dedication and critiquing their mediocrity, their romantic rhetoric, and their compliant attitudes.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780300119787
(229mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 25-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author David F. Labaree
Someone Has to Fail, Paperback (March 2012)
Shows how the very organization of the locally controlled, administratively limited school system makes reform difficult. This title argues that the choices of educational consumers have always overwhelmed top-down efforts at school reform.
Education, Markets, and the Public Good, Paperback (April 2006)» View all books by David F. Labaree
Covers such topics as: the structure of the educational system; conflicting purposes of education; the core problems of practice in teaching and teacher education; and, barriers to curriculum reform. This book is a useful resource for anyone wanting to know more about the development of schools and schooling.
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Author Biography - David F. Labaree
David F. Labaree is professor in the School of Education at Stanford University. He is the author of How to Succeed in School Without Really Learning: The Credentials Race in American Education and The Making of an American High School: The Credentials Market and the Central High School of Philadelphia, 1838-1939, both published by Yale University Press.
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