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    (In)Fidelity

    What the Resistance of New Teachers Reveals about Professional Principles and Prescriptive Educational Policies

    By Betty Achinstein and Rodney T. Ogawa
    In this article, Betty Achinstein and Rodney Ogawa examine the experiences of two new teachers who resisted mandated “fidelity” to Open Court literacy instruction in California. These two case studies challenge the portrayal of teacher resistance as driven by psychological deficiency and propose instead that teachers engage in “principled resistance” informed by professional principles. They document that within prescriptive instructional programs and control-oriented educational policies, teachers have a limited ability to implement professional principles, including diversified instruction, high expectations, and creativity. In this environment, teachers who resist experience professional isolation and schools experience teacher attrition. Through these two cases, Achinstein and Ogawa express concern about the negative impact of educational reforms that are guided by technical and moralistic control.

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    Spring 2006 Issue

    Abstracts

    Community Forces, Social Capital, and Educational Achievement
    The Case of Supplementary Education in the Chinese and Korean Immigrant Communities
    By Min Zhou and Susan S. Kim
    (In)Fidelity
    What the Resistance of New Teachers Reveals about Professional Principles and Prescriptive Educational Policies
    By Betty Achinstein and Rodney T. Ogawa
    An Interview with Khalil Mahshi
    No Longer Overlooked and Undervalued?
    The Evolving Dynamics of Endogenous Educational Research in Sub-Saharan Africa
    Richard Maclure
    Editor's Review - College Choices edited by Caroline M. Hoxby
    Baoyan Cheng

    Book Notes

    Teaching Social Studies That Matters
    By Steven J. Thornton

    Becoming Adult Learners
    By Eleanor Drago-Severson

    NCLB Meets School Realities
    By Gail Sunderman, James S. Kim, and Gary Orfield

    Compelled to Excel
    By Vivian S. Louie

    Inequality in America
    By Benjamin M. Friedman