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Democratic Learning: The Challenge to School Effectiveness


reviewed by Daniel C. Elliott ó 2005

coverTitle: Democratic Learning: The Challenge to School Effectiveness
Author(s): John Macbeath and Lejf Moos
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415326966 , Pages: 208, Year: 2004
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Around the democratic world schooling has evolved over time. It would seem that the reforms so prevalent in the USA are mirrors of reforms in Scandinavia , and the rest of Western Europe . Democratic Learning: The Challenge to School Effectiveness presents readers with nine essays about the impact of democracy upon the concepts of school reform and improvement. John Macbeath and Lejf Moos have presented their edited handbook with commentaries from nine educational theorists serving in university education programs across the globe. These authors have analyzed the reforms of schooling and society across the latter half of the 20th century and drawn conclusions about the success and failure to make schooling most relevant and effective. The theme of the book, “democracy,” is by the authors’ design the desired theme of the common or public schooling engine that should drive and equip every free democratic society. Authors present and debate definitions of democratic principles and of democracy itself when applied to schooling content, teaching processes,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 107 Number 7, 2005, p. 1526-1529
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11418, Date Accessed: 12/17/2017 12:36:33 PM

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  • Daniel Elliott
    Azusa Pacific University
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    DANIEL C. ELLIOTT, Ed.D., has served since 1991 as a member of the faculty for educational leadership at Azusa Pacific University, in Los Angeles County, California. Prior to that Dan has been a teacher of every grade, vice principal, principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent of schools across 25 years in public education. Dan investigates effective schooling, effective teaching, and effective instructional leadership in public and private schools and has written books and chapters in books about each as well as articles in educational publications. His new book, Teaching on Target, is being released by Corwin Press in March 2005. Another of his books, A Change Agentís Playbook: Coaching Teachers for Excellence, is in its fourth edition and has been used in leadership training seminars and in graduate schools throughout California for several years.
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