Youth Development and Critical Education: The Promise of Democratic Action

SUNY Press
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Public policy debates about urban crime and the fate of America’s crumbling inner cities suggest a need to consider solutions that create conditions for sustainable community development—where youths join with caring adults in intergenerational coalitions at the grassroots. Using a field-based approach, the author reviews over two dozen youth development projects in non-school and after-school settings. The analyses of these programs examines how young people might achieve a level of economic and political self-determination and community control, as well as personal fulfillment coupled with healthy adolescent growth. Once empowered with critical insights, young people can exhibit positive, real-life displays of their visions, dreams, and ambitions.
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Richard D. Lakes is Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at Georgia State University. He is editor of Critical Education for Work.

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SUNY Press
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Published on
Jan 1, 1996
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Pages
181
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ISBN
9781438409917
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English
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Education / General
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Educational reform, and to a lesser extent educational dissent, occupy a prominent place in the annals of U.S. education. Whether based on religious, cultural, social, philosophical, or pedagogical grounds, they are ever-present in our educational history. Although some reforms have been presented as a remedy for society's ills, most programs were aimed toward practical transformation of the existing system to ensure that each child will have a better opportunity to succeed in U.S. society.

Educational reform is a topic rich with ideas, rife with controversy, and vital in its outcome for school patrons, educators, and the nation as a whole. With nearly 450 entries, these two volumes comprise the first reference work to bring together the strands of reform and reformers and dissent and dissenters in one place as a resource for parents, policymakers, scholars, teachers, and those studying to enter the teaching profession.

Key Features

Opens with a historical overview of educational reform and dissent and a timeline of key reforms, legislation, publications, and moreExamines the reform or dissent related to education found in theories, concepts, ideas, writings, research, and practiceAddresses how reformers and dissenters become significant culture-shaping people and change the way we conduct our lives

Key Themes

AccountabilityBiographiesConcepts and TheoriesCurriculum and InstructionDiversityFinances and EconomicsGovernmentOrganizations?AdvisoryOrganizations?Business and FoundationsOrganizations?CurriculumOrganizations?GovernmentOrganizations?ProfessionalOrganizations?Think TanksPublic PolicyReligion and Religious EducationReportsSchool TypesSpecial NeedsTechnology

This authoritative work fills a void in the literature in the vast areas of educational reform and dissent, making it a must-have resource for any academic library. Availability in print and electronic formats provides students with convenient, easy access, wherever they may be.

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This book explores how changes in the new world economy are affecting the education of male and female workers. Authors from Australia, Africa, Brazil, Europe, North America, and South Korea use methodologies--such as literature reviews, case studies, legislative analysis, evaluations of model delivery systems, and demographic profiles--to examine the current efforts of a number of nations around the world to transform vocational education and training (VET) programs into gender equitable institutions where female students are able to obtain skills necessary for successful and economically viable lives.

The cross-national perspectives in this volume illuminate the meaning of VET equity theory and practice in the new economy. Gender equity in education is constructed differently from place to place depending on a variety of factors, including economic development and cultural traditions. Starting from this understanding that gender and culture are multifaceted, historically situated, and constructed around dominant economic and institutional structures, class identities, and social positions, as well as discursive practices, the book addresses central questions, such as:
*What roles do schools play in the global economy?
*Is there a parallel between an increasingly globalized economy and a viable universal concept of education for work?
*What is the effect of a nation's financial condition, political system, and global economic posture on its training policies?
*Are educational equity issues heightened or submerged in the new economy?

The comparative perspective helps readers to more clearly analyze both tensions that arise as capitalist changes in the new economy are contested, resisted, or accommodated--and the impact upon education. In the Afterword, the editors identify overarching themes emerging from the volume and illuminate various comparative perspectives on gender and the new economy.

Globalizing Education for Work: Comparative Perspectives on Gender and the New Economy brings together important information and analysis for researchers, students, and teachers in education, women's studies, and sociology; for vocational education and training professionals; and for policymakers and policy analysts in governmental and nongovernmental organizations. It is well suited as a text for a range of graduate courses in the fields of comparative and international education, politics of education, vocational educational policy, gender and education, and sociology of education.
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