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Community, Diversity and Conflict Among Schoolteachers: The Ties That Blind


reviewed by Ernest Rose — 2003

coverTitle: Community, Diversity and Conflict Among Schoolteachers: The Ties That Blind
Author(s): Betty Achinstein
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807741744, Pages: 179, Year: 2002
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Excitement at the prospect of building a transformative community of teachers, students, and parents at Thurgood Marshall Middle School in Chicago led Betty Achinstein to investigate the role of conflict in educators’ notions of community. Early on, Achinstein seemed willing to accept community building in schools as a potent model for reform. She admits to being idealistic and naive about the development of community and the effects of community on improving the environment of schools. Although she had not anticipated levels and functions of conflict in community-building and implementation, she soon became intrigued with the ways conflict emerged, was acknowledged or denied, and managed. We can be grateful that Achinstein decided to study conflict in the context of community at two middle schools in California for she has written an insightful account of the teachers in these schools and the ways in which they dealt with diversity and conflict in their pursuit of community.   Achinstein sets the stage for her case studies with a thorough, yet efficient... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 1, 2003, p. 168-171
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10953, Date Accessed: 10/18/2017 5:30:31 AM

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  • Ernest Rose
    State University of New York, Binghamton
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    Ernest Rose is Dean and Professor of Education, School of Education and Human Development, State University of New York at Binghamton
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