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The Productive High School: Creating Personalized Academic Communities


reviewed by Valerie Lee & Douglas Ready 2002

coverTitle: The Productive High School: Creating Personalized Academic Communities
Author(s): Joseph Murphy (Editor)
Publisher: Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks
ISBN: 0761977783 , Pages: 282, Year: 2001
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Books about education serve many purposes. Sometimes writers describe empirical work that is not easily addressed in the narrow confines of an academic journal article (e.g., historians of education). Other writers spell out new ideas about school reform, often grounded in extensive theoretical thinking and/or practical situations and experience (e.g., Sizer's "Horace" books, which spell out his theory of high school reform that has driven the Coalition of Essential Schools -- Sizer 1984, 1992, 1996). Some authors use books to lay out overarching ideas they have developed over time based on some empirical study (e.g., Powell, Farrar, & Cohen's 1985 book, The Shopping Mall High School). Other times readers encounter authors' thoughtful reflections on several of their own empirical studies, trying to draw larger lessons from empirical work that may be linked only tenuously in separate articles in scholarly journals (e.g., about tracking [Lucas, 1999] and school restructuring [Lee, 2001]). The Productive High School takes none of these forms, as it is organized entirely around others' research... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 5, 2002, p. 981-986
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10861, Date Accessed: 3/28/2017 5:42:30 PM

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About the Author
  • Valerie Lee
    University of Michigan
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    Valerie Lee is Professor of Education at the University of Michigan. Her areas of expertise include statistics, data analysis, and quantitative methods of educational and social science research in the substantive field of sociology of education.
  • Douglas Ready
    University of Michigan
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    Douglas Ready is a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Michigan's School of Education.
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