International Journal of Educational Policy, Research and Practice

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Vol. 7, Annual

International Journal of Educational Policy, Research, and Practice: Reconceptualizing Childhood Studies Mission Statement
The International Journal of Educational Policy, Research and Practice (IJEPRP): Reconceptualizing Childhood Studies is available in print form to an audience of researchers and practitioners in the field of education. IJEPRP seeks to publish research...
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Social Policy, Education, and Childhood in Dangerous Times: Revolutionary Actions or Global Complicity
The first issue by the new editors of the International Journal of Educational Policy, Research, & Practice: Reconceptualizing Childhood Studies is designed to (1) introduce the reader to a focus that emphasizes the international movement that...
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A Post-Monolingual Education
In a colonial context education reproduces the power of the colonizers and is designed to serve their needs. The colonizer purposefully ignores the culture and history of subjugated groups nor are they consulted. Subjugated children are never educated...
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Dismantling the Imperialist Discourse Shadowing Mexican Immigrant Children
The purpose of this paper is to dismantle the political, public, and private discourse that has led to a dehumanization of immigrants, specifically children of immigrants. Local examples will focus mainly on the state of Arizona and the Sonoran Desert...
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Postcolonial Technologies of Power: Standardized Testing and Representing Diverse Young Children
The words "after 9/11, the world changed" have been reiterated, with different meanings and in different contexts, by diverse groups of people. Recognizing the fact that the people for whom the world seems to have changed the most have probably not...
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Autonomous Children, Privileging Negotiation, and New Limits to Freedom
Introduction Recently, scholars have introduced what has been called a 'new paradigm,' pleading to view children as competent social actors (e.g., James & Prout, 1997; James, Jenks & Prout, 1998; Wyness, 2000). They reconsider social research...
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Contemporary Public Policy Influencing Children and Families: "Compassionate" Social Provision OR the Regulation of "Others"?
Critical analysis of change in public policy within and across nations recognizes that the education and welfare of children, families, and all citizens is intertwined with economics, politics, and cultural discourse(s). In the United States, increasingly...
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Racialization in Early Childhood: A Critical Analysis of Discourses in Policies
Introduction A large portion of the early childhood literature in the area of cultural, racial, and linguistic diversity addresses the practices of institutions for young children, immigrant/refugee parents' understandings of their situation, and...
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Discourses of the Good Early Childhood Educator in Professional Training: Reproducing Marginality or Working toward Social Change
Canadian sociologists and educational researchers characterize the Ontario early childhood education workforce as economically, socially, and politically marginalized and part of a secondary labour market. Although a number of reasons for this workforce's...
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Early Childhood Institutions as Loci of Ethical and Political Practice
Institutionalisation of Childhood: Possibilities and Risks We are at a historical moment where it becomes urgent to raise the question: What are the possibilities for institutions created for children and young people? The historical process of...
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Epilogue: Actions for Dangerous Times
Contemporary public policy actions call for an increase in research that is critically analytic, and for the sharing of public policy knowledges globally. Questions must be constructed regarding power and materiality, assumptions about people that...
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Vol. 6, No. 1, Spring

No Child Left Behind? Role/identity Development of the "Good Student"
Abstract: Using a new method to measure identity, we attempt to capture salient identities of young children developing into "good students." Using a nationally representative sample of American kindergarteners who advance to the first grade, derived...
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Seeing Every Student as a 10: Using Critical Race Theory to Engage White Teachers' Colorblindness
I have attempted to carry on the critique and analysis of colorblindness in education in my work as a teacher educator. In working with in- and pre-service teachers, I have found that beliefs in colorblindness are rarely straightforward. At times,...
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Fifty Years after Brown: New Evidence of the Impact of School Racial Composition on Student Outcomes
Findings from educational research can have a major influence on public opinion and even on the outcomes of historic legal decisions. This fact was recently demonstrated by the Supreme Court's decision upholding affirmative action in law school admissions...
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Highly Qualified Minority Teachers: Do High-Stakes Teacher Tests Weed out Those We Need Most?
As we enter the 21st century, our nation's public education system is under stress. Draconian budget cuts, and the impending retirement of an estimated three million teachers by the end of this decade (United States Department of Education, 2000) have...
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Expanding the Private School Sector: Government Policy and Private Secondary Schools in Hong Kong, 1988-2001
Introduction Private education, either informal or formal, has been a central part of every culture and society. It preceded any form of government or public education. Private education and public education are often juxtaposed to either as opposing...
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Vol. 5, No. 4, Winter

An Analysis of Present and Possible Futures of Public and Private Mexican Universities: Perceptions and Projections of Current Administrators
Abstract: This study proposes to answer the question--What is and might be the present and future scenarios of higher education institutions in Mexico according to their leaders' perceptions? Special emphasis is placed on the differences between public...
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Differences in Educational Attainment and Religious Socialization of Ex-Pupils from Grammar Schools with Public, Catholic, Protestant, and Private Backgrounds in the German State of Nordrhein-Westfalen during the 1970s and 1980s
Abstract: Public, religious and private schools have been co-existing in continental Europe since the 19th century. Scientific interest in differences between the educational outcomes of public and religious schools has grown recently, as a result...
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Citizenship, Wealth, and Whiteness in a Costa Rican High School
Abstract: This article addresses the democratic rhetoric taught in a Costa Rican High School and the ways in which that rhetoric clashed with school practices that revealed hierarchies based on race, ethnicity, class, and religion. This contradiction...
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Vol. 5, No. 3, Fall

Editorial Preface
This special issue of the International Journal of Educational Policy, Research, and Practice is devoted exclusively to a bold and exciting initiative to advance early childhood development (ECD) policies, research, and programs in Africa. Under the...
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Capacity Building for ECD in Africa: Introduction to Special Issue
This special issue of the International Journal of Educational Policy, Research and Practice provides a look inside an unusual initiative designed to support early childhood care and development (ECD) (1) policy, research, and practice in Sub-Saharan...
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ECD Policy Development and Implementation in Africa
Abstract: ECD policies are influenced by the contexts in which they develop. Those contexts include historical, cultural, social, economic and diverse conceptual dimensions operating at international, regional, country and local levels. These forces...
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Children, Families, Communities, and Professionals: Preparation for Competence and Collaboration in ECD Programs
Abstract: Under the broad banner of education, training, and collaboration across systems, this paper examines, through analysis of seven individual projects, issues and insights associated with three central themes: (1) the link between ECD programs...
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Exploring and Promoting the Value of Indigenous Knowledge in Early Childhood Development in Africa
Abstract: There is currently a renaissance of interest in indigenous knowledges, after a long period of neglect and disdain by Western scientific and academic establishments. However, educational institutions have not made some of the more fundamental...
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ECD and the HIV/AIDS Pandemic in Africa
Abstract: An unprecedented number of young children in Sub-Saharan Africa are being adversely affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic, yet programs specifically designed to meet the developmental needs of orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) from birth...
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Capacity Building across Cultures and Contexts: Principles and Practices
Abstract: This article provides an opportunity to look at issues related to capacity building--how the concept has evolved and how it is currently being applied--and a review of the components of effective capacity building in working with individuals...
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Vol. 5, No. 2, Summer

Higher Education Challenges in Developing Countries: The Case of Vietnam
Abstract: This review of literature was written in preparation for conducting a research study on the U.S. community college system as a potential model for developing countries, and using Vietnam as a specific case. It is divided into four sections:...
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National Identity Development among Palestinian Student Activists in the Israeli Universities
Abstract: This paper explores the process of national identity development, and closely related themes among Palestinian student activists in the Israeli universities. Informed by the tradition of social identity theory, in-depth qualitative inquiry...
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Reflections on Policy and Practice in Multicultural Education in Cyprus
Abstract: Contemporary Cyprus society is no longer homogeneous. Increasingly, Cypriots have contact with people of different cultures. The same happens in schools in Cyprus. In this article, through an ethnographic study, we investigate what happens...
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Vol. 5, No. 1, Spring

Parent Choice versus Attendance Area Assignment to Schools: Does Magnet-Based School Choice Affect NAEP Scores?
Abstract: Inter- and intra-district public school choice, vouchers, tuition tax credits and other forms of school choice have been advocated for decades, in large part on grounds that the market forces engendered will improve public education. There...
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A Consideration of the Impact of Poland's 1990 Bill on Schools of Higher Education Using an Information Technology Conceptual Framework
Abstract: This article is the product of the writer's deliberations about the impact of Poland's 1990 Bill on Schools of Higher Education using an information technology theoretical model consisting of three parts: participation, feedback and partnership....
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Looping: An Empirical Evaluation
Abstract: Looping is the practice in which a teacher instructs the same group of students for at least two school years, following them from one grade level to the next. Once a "loop" of two or more years is completed, the teacher may start a new loop...
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The Control of Policy and Practice: The Case of the Core Curriculum
Abstract: The idea of a carefully managed curriculum, tightly controlled, has been with us for some time and for all the changes has remained focussed on the 'core curriculum' of English, Maths and Science. Questions remain whether this policy has...
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A Tale of Two Cities: Reality Check on Mayoral Control of Urban School Districts
Abstract: This article represents a preliminary exploration of the impact of mayoral control of two large urban school systems and the legislative changes in school governance and policies--spearheaded by business leaders and politicians--which affect...
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