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Description - Successful Failure by Herne Varenne

In this controversial work, Herv Varenne and Ray McDermott explore education as cultural phenomenona construct of artifice and reality we impose upon ourselves. The authors discuss in five case studies how the American education system defines and measures success and failure, why there is polarization between suburban schools and urban schools, and what about our system leads us to focus on the negative. Their exploration focuses not on the people or the activities of the system, but on the institutions themselves: who decided what was a success or failure? How was the identification done, and with what consequences?This important and timely book is a must-read for anyone interested in educational reform, the American educational system, and the anthropology of education.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780813391298
ISBN-10: 0813391296
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 280
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Publish Date: 5-Feb-1999
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Herne Varenne

Herve Varenne is professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Ray McDermott is professor of education at Stanford University. Herve Varenne is professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Ray McDermott is professor of education at Stanford University.