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Conflicting Missions? Teachers Unions and Educational Reform


reviewed by Sharon Kruse ó 2002

coverTitle: Conflicting Missions? Teachers Unions and Educational Reform
Author(s): Tom Loveless (ed.)
Publisher: Brookings Institution, Washington D.C.
ISBN: 0815753039, Pages: 288, Year: 2000
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In this well researched volume, editor Tom Loveless has assembled a cogent collection of papers focused on the topic of teachers unions and reform efforts in public schooling. The paucity of literature on unions is well noted. This volume adds immeasurably to our understanding of the role of unions and emergent school reform efforts. The text addresses several interrelated notions concerning the affects of unions on educational productivity, the role of unions as professional organizations, how unions wield influence in political arenas and as institutional actors. In all cases, each chapter returns to the foundational question of the text, "In what ways is student achievement influenced by the role of unions?" The authors do not seek a simplistic conclusion. Instead, each analysis explores the many dimensions of the unionís role in American education. The volume is divided into nine chapters. In the first chapter, Susan Moore Johnson and Susan M. Kardos explore the historical roots of teachers unions. They argue that union bargaining efforts have evolved from... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 1, 2002, p. 144-146
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10681, Date Accessed: 10/23/2017 11:26:43 AM

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  • Sharon Kruse
    University of Akron
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    A former elementary and middle school teacher, Sharon Kruse is an associate professor of educational administration. She is the co-author (with Jason Earle) of Organizational Literacy for Educators (Lawrence Erlbaum, 1998).
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