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Meaningful Urban Education Reform (Confronting the Learning Crisis in Mathematics and Science)

reviewed by Eileen Quinn Knight - 2006

coverTitle: Meaningful Urban Education Reform (Confronting the Learning Crisis in Mathematics and Science)
Author(s): Kathryn M. Borman and Associates
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0791463303, Pages: 285, Year: 2005
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Urban education has long been under attack for not serving the academic needs of students. Low achievement scores in math and science exacerbate the issue and send educators into a frenzy about what can be done. Many schools have adhered to a behaviorist pedagogy that imposes on the students what they are to learn and how they should learn it. Borman’s focus in this book is on "systemic reform," which makes her text crucial to urban educators in regard to viewing education from a more wholistic perspective.  Traditionally, school reform has focused on change in a very specific way:  by teasing out the particular variable that is the perceived cause of the urban concern and addressing that particular variable, be it teachers, parents, testing, school size, or location. When the focus is on one particular variable the other variables often lose momentum, thus placing the endeavor out of sync and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 108 Number 5, 2006, p. 851-855
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12143, Date Accessed: 8/2/2021 2:39:52 AM

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  • Eileen Knight
    Saint Xavier University
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    EILEEN QUINN KNIGHT has taught in the School of Education at Saint Xavier University for 20 years. She is an expert on methods for teaching math, statistics for educators and law enforcement, and the foundations of education. She received a 2004 grant from the Chicago Math and Science Initiative funded by the National Science Foundation to teach a pilot class on middle school mathematics. She works for several foundations including the Golden Apple Foundation and the Music and Arts Grants of the Union League Club. In the 2004-05 academic year, Knight was assigned to the board of directors of ACE Tech, one of the charter schools for Mayor Richard Daley's Renaissance 2010 initiative. She is also an outside evaluator for Mother McAuley High School in the area of reasoning skills, and she serves on the Illinois Board of Higher Education Faculty Advisory Committee. Her publications include: Knight, E.Q. & Knight, P.M. & Stirling, T. (2005). Higher Education, Corporations and the Trades: exploring the collaboration through the ACE Tech Charter High School in Proceedings from the 23rd International Conference in Innovation in Higher Education. Belfast, Northern Ireland. Avgerinou, M.D., & Knight, E.Q. (2005). Assessing the visual literacy skills and perceptions of pre-service math teachers. International Visual Literacy Association. 38th Annual Conference of the International Visual Literacy Association (IVLA)- Pilanesberg Game Park, South Africa.
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