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A Guide to Charter Schools: Research and Practical Advice for Educators


reviewed by Nina Buchanan — October 02, 2006

coverTitle: A Guide to Charter Schools: Research and Practical Advice for Educators
Author(s): Myron S. Kayes & Robert Maranto (Eds)
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield, Lanham
ISBN: 9781578864058, Pages: 228, Year: 2006
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Myron Kayes and Robert Maranto’s edited volume, “A Guide to Charter Schools,” is designed to provide “information in an understandable form to help [stakeholders] face the challenge of running, working in or using a charter“ (p. 4). Given the purpose of the book, how might “good” be defined? Edited volumes have some distinct advantages over single-authored books such as the opportunity to include authors with specialized expertise in a variety of areas together in a single book. Another is to provide reviewed, cutting edge work to consumers more quickly than might be the case with one or two authors. The challenges, however, are to maintain a clear purpose, monitor each chapter to reduce overlap and redundancy, and carefully edit each chapter in order to ensure consistent depth and quality. Additionally, editors of “good” books organize the content in a way that assists the reader in understanding the big picture and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: October 02, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12754, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 2:07:51 AM

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  • Nina Buchanan
    University of Hawaii Hilo
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    NINA K. BUCHANAN (Ph.D) is an Educational Psychologist and Professor of Education at the University of Hawaii Hilo and Co-Director of the University of Hawaii Charter School Resource Center. Her areas of interest include charter schools, project-based learning, innovative secondary school reform and gifted and talented education. Recent publications include: “Gifted and Talented Programs in Charter Schools” co-authored with Robert Fox and Darlene Martin in the Journal of School Choice (in press); “Charter School Attitudes and Practices in States with Diverse Public Sector Bargaining Laws: Arizona, Hawai’i, and Minnesota” co-authored with Robert Fox in the Journal of School Choice, 1 (1), 67-84, 2005; “Aligning Practice to Theory: Attitudes of Students in Re-cultured and Comprehensive High Schools” that appeared in A. Maynard (ed.) (2005), The Psychology of Learning in Cultural Context, Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publisher; and “Back to the Future: Ethnocentric Charter Schools in Hawaii” co-authored with Robert Fox that appeared in E. Rofes and L. M. Stulberg (Eds.) The Emancipatory Promise of Charter Schools: Towards a Progressive Politics of School Choice, SUNY Press, 2005. Currently Dr. Buchanan is conducting a study of graduates from the West Hawaii Explorations Academy Public Charter School (1996-2005).
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