Place- and Community-Based Education in Schools (Sociocultural, Political, and Historical Studies in Education)
David Sobel MEd and Gregory A. Smith
Place- and community-based education – an approach to teaching and learning that starts with the local – addresses two critical gaps in the experience of many children now growing up in the United States: contact with the natural world and contact with community. It offers a way to extend young people’s attention beyond the classroom to the world as it actually is, and to engage them in the process of devising solutions to the social and environmental problems they will confront as adults. This approach can increase students’ engagement with learning and enhance their academic achievement.
Envisioned as a primer and guide for educators and members of the public interested in incorporating the local into schools in their own communities, this book explains the purpose and nature of place- and community-based education and provides multiple examples of its practice. The detailed descriptions of learning experiences set both within and beyond the classroom will help readers begin the process of advocating for or incorporating local content and experiences into their schools.
Understanding and Evaluating Research is a supplemental textbook appropriate for all courses in educational research. A reader, this text contains quantitative and qualitative educational research articles from a variety of professional journals. With each article is a sample article analysis and exercises that help students become better consumers of research.
Tom Wessels Professor Emeritus
Thousands of readers have had their experience of being in a forest changed forever by reading Tom Wessels's Reading the Forested Landscape. Was this forest once farmland? Was it logged in the past? Was there ever a major catastrophe like a fire or a wind storm that brought trees down?
Now Wessels takes that wonderful ability to discern much of the history of the forest from visual clues and boils it all down to a manageable field guide that you can take out to the woods and use to start playing forest detective yourself. Wessels has created a key―a fascinating series of either/or questions―to guide you through the process of analyzing what you see. You’ll feel like a woodland Sherlock Holmes. No walk in the woods will ever be the same.
Mitchell Kusy PhD and Elizabeth Holloway
Toxic Workplace! is the first book to tackle the underlying systems issues that enable a toxic person to create a path of destruction in an organization, pervading others' thoughts and energies, even undermining their very sense of well-being. Based on all-new research with over 400 leaders, many from the Fortune 500 list, this book illustrates how to manage existing toxic behaviors, create norms that prevent the growth or regrowth of toxic environments, and ultimately design organizational communities of respectful engagement. - from the inside flap
Dr. Mitchell Kusy and Dr. Elizabeth Holloway are professors in the PhD Program in Leadership & Change at Antioch University.
Laura Morgan Roberts
In the new world of work and organizations, creating and maintaining a positive identity is consequential and challenging for individuals, for groups and for organizations. New challenges for positive identity construction and maintenance require new theory. This edited volume uncovers new topics and new theoretical approaches to identity through the specific focus on positive identities of individuals, groups, organizations and communities.
This volume aims to forge new ground in identity research and organizations through a compilation of new frame-breaking chapters on positive identity written by leading identity scholars. In chapters that build theoretical and empirical bridges between identity and growth, authenticity, relationships, hope, sustainability, leadership, resilience, cooperation, and community reputation and other important variables, the authors jumpstart an exciting domain of research on new ways that work organizations are sites of and contributors to identities that are beneficial or valuable to individuals or collectives.
This volume invites readers to consider, "When and how does applying a positive lens to the construct of identity generate new insights for organizational researchers?" A unique feature of this volume is that it brings together explorations of identity from multiple levels of analysis: individual, dyadic, group, organization and community. Commentary chapters integrate the chapters within each level of analysis, illuminate core themes and unearth new questions.
The volume is designed to accomplish three objectives:
- To establish Positive Identities and Organizations as an interdisciplinary, multi-level domain of inquiry
- To integrate a focus on Positive Identity with existing theory and research on identity and organizations
- To map out a vibrant new research territory in organizational studies .
This volume will appeal to an international community of scholars in Management, Psychology, and Sociology, as well as practitioners who seek to generate positive identity-related dynamics, states and outcomes in work organizations.
A schoolteacher escapes East Berlin at night, swimming the Spree River three times carrying elderly relatives on her back, so she can make her way to West Palm Beach, Florida, and "ruin the lives of fifth grade boys." A young husband reckons with the likelihood that his wife's troubled pregnancy will end with her death before Christmas. A preacher bathes his ill and elderly mother, not knowing that she has mistaken him for the long-lost cousin she watched murder his brother in her father's tobacco field. In six stories that read like novels in miniature, Kyle Minor plumbs the depths of human mystery, where they meet our kindnesses and our cruelties, our generosities and our pettiness.
David Sobel MEd
Public discussions of global climate change and other threats to the planet are making children more aware of environmental issues. As increasing numbers of kids come to school wishing to take action, educators want to know how to teach in a way that fosters a love of nature and an understanding of the complexity and seriousness of these issues.
In Childhood and Nature, noted educator David Sobel makes the case that meaningful connections with the natural world don't begin in the rainforest or arctic, but in our own backyards and communities. Based on his observations of recurrent play themes around the world, Sobel articulates seven design principles that can guide teachers in structuring learning experiences for children. Place-based education projects that make effective use of the principles are detailed throughout the book. And while engaged in these projects, students learn language arts, math, science, social studies, as well as essential problem-solving and social skills through involvement with nature and their communities.
The pressures of test preparation, standards, and curriculum frameworks often reduce the study of nature and the environment to a set of facts and general concepts. However, as Childhood and Nature demonstrates, linking curriculum with an engagement in the real world not only provides students with the thinking skills needed for whatever test comes their way, but also helps them grow into responsible citizens and stewards of the earth.
Multicultural and multinational teams have become an important strategic and structural element of organizational work in our globalized world today. These teams are demonstrating their importance from the factory floors to the boardrooms of contemporary organizations. The emergence of multicultural teams is evident across a variety of organizations in the private, public, and civil society sectors. These developments have led to an increasing interest in the theory and practice of multicultural teams. Management educational and training programs are giving increasing attention to these developments. At the same time, there is emerging interest in research about and study of multicultural teams. This book emerged from our teaching, research, and consulting with multicultural and diverse teams in multiple sectors over the last several years. In particular, we have developed and refined our ideas about the concepts in this book from teaching an advanced course called Effective Multicultural Teams in the Graduate Program at the School for International Training (SIT) in Vermont. We have learned from the rich background of students who are from, and have worked in, six continents, and who are, or plan to be, working in the public, educational, not-for-profit, and for-profit sectors. Additionally, we have engaged with a variety of teams through our consulting and training, providing consultation to teams in a variety of sectors and continents as they struggled to become more effective.
Torin Finser PhD
All around us, we see living systems in plants, animals, and human beings. Our environment is alive, vibrant, and full of innate wisdom. Even the stars and planets speak in the language of ancient folklore to those who have ears to hear. Our very lives depend on this interdependence and on the myriad connections that surround us. Nonetheless, many people experience organizations as inert, bureaucratic, inflexible obstacles to innovation and human initiative. People have struggled for years under the weight of apathy in organizations such as large school systems, corporations, and government agencies such as FEMA.
Organizational Integrity attempts to reclaim and reconcile organizational dynamics with living systems. The wisdom found in human organs, minerals, planets, and even sacred geometry is used to reinvent organizations. Organizations are supposed to serve, and their forms and structures should mirror the living systems of those who have come together with common purpose. We need to change our ideas of organizations and establish a new paradigm so that future organizations will be worthy of the people in them.
Dr. Finser makes the case that we need a new ecology of organizations, and that now is time for a new revolution that creates dynamic, living organizations by the people and for the people. Moreover, he shows us how to achieve this seemingly impossible task by “organ-izing” organizations. Just as democracy has transformed much of the world, through the genius of the human body we can transform organizations into living systems that serve and protect human interests.
Here is a truly unique approach to the age-old process of bringing people together in healthy, effective organizations to better the world we live in.
- Part I: Foundation Studies in Anthroposophy
- The Complete Human Being
- Beyond Memories
- The Long Journey
- Part II: Organs and Organ-izations
- Heart Knowledge
- The Kidney
- The Liver
- The Spleen
- The Lungs
- Dual Organs
- Corpus Callosum and Other Matters
- Part III: Other Aspects of Human Physiology
- Is there a Skeleton in your Closet?
- Salt, Mercury, Sulfur
- Sense Perception: Eye and Ear
- Part IV: Leadership
- Testing Our Metal as Leaders
- Planetary Influences
- The Geometry of Groups
- Systems Thinking
- Part V: Healthy Organ-izations
- What is a Healthy Organ-ization?
- The Consultation Process
- The Lily and the Rose
Silence is complicity : a call to let teachers improve our schools through action research--not NCLB
Torin Finser PhD
Standards set by the federal government : who has been left behind? -- Back off, big brother! -- Introduction to research -- Perceptions of obstacles to teacher research -- Reinventing research : new concepts, new approaches -- Why do research? -- Seeing, feeling, finding your question -- Thoughts on research methods -- Organizing a research project -- Sharing research -- A collaborative model for teacher research -- Why do research (revisited) -- Research as teacher empowerment.
In this distinctive guide to the craft of writing, author Laraine Herring shows us how to tune into our bodies and connect with our emotions so that our writing becomes an expression of our full beings, rather than just an intellectual exercise. With warmth and wisdom, Herring offers a path to discovering "deep writing"—prose that is unique, expressive, and profoundly authentic. Lessons and imaginative exercises show you how to: stay with your writing when your mind or body starts to pull you away; explore the five senses in your writing; and approach your writing without judgment
Mitchell Kusy PhD
Ideal for any leader or manager forced to fly solo in the face of daily and strategic challenges. Or an invaluable tool to help managers get the most out of their working relationship with either an internal or external coach. Manager's Desktop Consultant cuts through the maze of people challenges in the workplace to identify the six most common issues affecting performance, productivity, and profitability. Through detailed scenarios, these experienced consultants and authors describe each problem situation and lay out the key action strategies necessary to build a solid foundation for management success.
Martha Straus PhD
The culture of rage and despair -- The secret lives of teenage girls -- The adolescent passage -- Systems in an uproar -- The war on girls -- Interventions : treating the whole girl -- Ten tips from the trenches : doing good work with girls -- Getting connected -- Troubled behaviors I : affective disorders and anxiety disorders -- Troubled behaviors II : eating disorders and self-mutilation -- Troubled behaviors III : attachment and trauma problems -- Troubling behaviors IV : social aggression, ADHD, and oppositional-defiant disorder -- Troubling behaviors V : sex, conduct disorders, and substance abuse -- Psychotropic medication in the treatment of adolescent girls / by Robert J. Racusin -- Hospitalizations and out-of-home interventions -- Ten reasons for hope.
In this stimulating collection of stories, ten academic leaders reflect from personal experience on leadership in place―an emergent mode of leadership that brings people together in order to effect organizational change. Originating from diverse sectors of the academy, each of the book's contributors brings a fresh and deeply human perspective on academic leadership theories and their effective applications.
Leadership in Place calls for a shift in attitude about leaders and leadership. It departs from the hierarchical view that academic leadership flows from a leadership position, and instead embraces a more lateral view where leadership roles are available to everyone. It calls for a rethinking of how our colleges and universities are led and organized by discussing the following:
- Importance of strong academic communities in preserving the integrity of academic programs
- Empowerment of part-time faculty by combining adaptive and transformative learning models
- Opportunities for, benefits of, and challenges in collaborative leadership
- Problems that can emerge in times of leadership transitions and possible solutions
- Concept of leadership as an attribute of the many rather than the few
Advocating for academics to reengage and recommit to their institutions, the book creates an agenda for what higher education must do to create conditions under which leadership in place is the norm rather than the exception.
Commitment. Trust. Intimacy. Self-confidence. Independence. These are critical areas of personal development in the passage from adolescence to adulthood. However, this path toward self-identity can become particularly difficult for women to navigate when, as adolescents, they lose one of the most important relationships of their life: their relationship with their father. Written expressly for adult women, Lost Fathers is a healing authoritative guide to understanding how behaviors, relationships, and sense of self in adulthood are shaped by the experience of losing one's father during adolescence to death, divorce, abandonment, incarceration, or addiction. With gentle expertise, Laraine Herring b lends poignant personal stories, the latest information in developmental psychology, and guided writing exercises in this much-needed, therapeutic guide.
Mitchell Kusy PhD
Leaders - political, corporate, religious - are making mistakes that are far more open to public scrutiny than ever before. When we are challenged by conditions of growing uncertainty and the need to work at lightning speed, errors are not only unavoidable but also rampant in today's workplace. Based on research and candid interviews with some well-known leaders whose costly blunders have made headlines, this book examines seven common mistakes, debunks myths surrounding mistake recovery, and identifies strategies for "rebounding" from near-fatal errors. Using examples from Enron to the Catholic church to Arthur Andersen, the authors provide a how-to for those at the top who suddenly, find themselves on the way down.
David Sobel MEd
"Through academic research, practical examples, and step-by-step strategies drawn from classrooms throughout the United States, Sobel celebrates teachers who emphasize the connection of school, community, and environment. 'Place-Based Education' uses the local community and environment as the starting place for curriculum learning, strengthening community bonds, appreciation for the natural world, and a commitment to citizen engagement."--Publisher's website.
Torin Finser PhD
Recently, a chasm has opened between many of our leaders and those who work for them. We have witnessed the sacrifices of airline workers and the unconscionable compensation of top executives; the ideals of Olympic Games and the conduct of certain committee members; the sacrament of religion and the priests who abused the sanctity of the human body; the needed services of United Way and their extravagant executive “perks”; and hopes for a democratically fair system versus the 2000 presidential election.
The values of hard work, inalienable rights, fairness and public service held by most Americans is often lacking in our leaders. An ethical chasm has opened up in our midst, and unless we do something, our future will fall victim to our inadequacies. Our standing in the world in years to come will depend less on our military might, and more on our moral strength.
We need to begin a united search for ethical leadership. As we take Torin’s journey of discovery with him, we see the roots of this loss of ethical leadership and begin to understand that there is a way out of this situation―by applying the spiritual principles of Rudolf Steiner’s spiritual science. In Search for Ethical Leadership is grounded with practical tools that offer us real hope for the future of ethical leadership. Contents:
- The Leadership Challenge
- Children & Ethical Leadership
- Character Development
- Historical Considerations
- Practical Aspects
- Inner Dimensions, or Ethics of the Heart & Soul
- Sun and Moon
- The Templars
- The Hidden Temple
Evaluation in departments is widespread but often fails to spark positive change. Based on his extensive work with academic departments across the country, Wergin explains that successful department evaluation exists only when faculty and departments have a strong influence on the purposes, processes, and methods of evaluation. The central purpose of Departments That Work is how academic programs can make evaluation more useful and critical reflection more likely.
This text presents a broad scope of philosophical issues and primary sources from the history of philosophy with the intent of providing students with a general introduction to significant and relevant questions in philosophy, the humanities, and the history of thought.
David Sobel MEd
From the ages of five to twelve, the middle years of childhood, young people explore their surroundings and find or construct private spaces. In these secret places, children develop and control environments of their own and enjoy freedom from the rules of the adult world. Children's Special Places enters these hidden worlds, reveals their importance to children's development and emotional health, and shows educators, parents, and other adults how they can foster a bond between young people and nature that is important to maturation.
Introduces antihumanism as the pivotal element in Foucault's work, and reads his work from an Althusserian, structural Marxist perspective.
Race Critical Theories brings together many of the key contributors to critical theorizing about race and racism over the past twenty years. Each previously published text is accompanied by a fresh statement - in most cases written by the authors themselves - regarding the political context, implications and effects of the original contribution.
Torin Finser PhD
As a result of today's crisis in education, people are beginning to realize that schools involve far more than providing children with knowledge and skills. Schools are communities and, like all communities, may be healthy or unhealthy. School Renewal addresses the problems and challenges of a school community. Through the use of fairy tales, myths, and the personal experience of Waldorf education, Torin Finser describes how both teachers and parents can come to grips with common problems such as burnout, interpersonal conflicts, and the traps of routine. Most important, the author stresses that an educational community must come to terms with the many unseen dimensions of each individual. He shows how these little-understood aspects of the mind can be cultivated and nourished to keep the school and education alive. School Renewal does not offer formulas and slapdash solutions. Rather, it encourages a whole new way of thinking about education and personal growth - for children and for the adults who care about them. "...if one wish could be granted me on behalf of school renewal, I would ask for significant improvement in the quality of sleep afforded to parents and teachers. No other change has the potential to do more good than simply eliminating the state of chronic exhaustion found by the end of the week in most schools." - from Amazon.com
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