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Naturally Small : Teaching and Learning in the Last One-Teacher Schools - Stephen A. Swidler

Naturally Small

Teaching and Learning in the Last One-Teacher Schools

Hardcover Published: 5th September 2000
ISBN: 9781593111236
Number Of Pages: 128

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This book documents and compares the social organization and academic arrangement of instruction in two remaining modern, public one-teacher schools in rural Nebraska. Neither school is an educational intervention and both stand far removed from reform consciousness, in both the minds of reformers and in those of the people who inhabit them. Each school's teacher does what comes naturally to her or him and the two teacher engage in remarkable distinct practices. One creates an especially efficient form of traditional, conservative teaching that echoes strongly the old country school recitation. The other sees his work as encouraging his students "to think" and has created a conversation-based pedagogy to achieve this. For both teachers the school size and rural circumstance play into what they believe they can and cannot do and profoundly shape their teaching practices. This book asks simply: How do the teachers in these small schools manage to teach? The research reported here is concerned with how teachers and students organize themselves and "do school" that is small is scale. If school size is emerging as some important variable in student achievement and school improvement, an

Re-Bunking the One-Teacher School: Our Future in Our Past?p. 1
Why Consider One-Teacher Schools?p. 7
Two Modern One-Teacher Schools in Rural Nebraskap. 15
Getting Through Academic Life at Bighand Schoolp. 33
Learning to Think at Upper Rill Schoolp. 59
A Critical Comparison of Bighand and Upper Rill Schoolsp. 97
One-Teacher Schools, School Size and Reformp. 113
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ISBN: 9781593111236
ISBN-10: 1593111231
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 128
Published: 5th September 2000
Publisher: Information Age Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.36