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Educational change and reform on a larger scale Bourdieu for Educators: Policy and Practice brings the revolutionary research and thinking of Pierre Bourdieu (1930[en]2002) of France to public educational leaders in North America, Canada, Australia, and the U.K. This text brings Bourdieu’s work into the arena of elementary and secondary educational reform and change, and offers policy, research, and practice discussions. Authors Fenwick W. English and Cheryl L. Bolton use Bourdieu to challenge the standards movement in different countries, the current vision of effective management, and the open-market notion connecting pay to performance. The text shows that connecting pay to performance won’t improve education for the poorest group of school students in the U.S., Canada, or the U.K., regardless of how much money is spent trying to erase the achievement gap. The authors lay out the bold educational agenda of Pierre Bourdieu by demonstrating that educational preparation must take into account larger socioeconomic-political realities in order for educational change and reform to make an impact.

The Shifting Control of Leadership Preparation
The Shifting Control of Leadership Preparation
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The world is not “out there,” existing in some pristine state and awaiting discovery. Rather, the world is an artifact, a creation and a construct of human symbols, the chief form of which is language. And language is intimately connected to culture. All the facets of culture are not obvious to those residing within it. Those living in a culture most often believe that their culture is “natural” and the way the world is and should be viewed. Aberrant versions and other cultures are often seen as intrusive, foreign, erroneous, repugnant, and/or outright evil.

A social field is just such a human construct, and it possesses its own logic of ...

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