Conversations with Educational Leaders

Contemporary Viewpoints on Education in America

By Anne Turnbaugh Lockwood

Subjects: Leadership Studies
Series: SUNY series, Frontiers in Education
Paperback : 9780791432884, 254 pages, March 1997
Hardcover : 9780791432877, 254 pages, March 1997

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Table of contents



Part I. Troubled Times: Violence, Values, and Youth Culture

Overview of Part I

Deborah Prothrow-Stith: Schools as Safe Havens

Kevin Ryan: The Quest for Truth and Justice

Thomas Lickona: The Promulgation of Virtue

Alan L. Lockwood: The Current Incarnation of Character

B. Bradford Brown: Who Adolescents Really Are

Part II. Dealing with Difference: Race, Culture, and Ability

Overview of Part II

Christine E. Sleeter: Understanding and Embracing Multicultural Education

Gloria Ladson-Billings: Culturally Relevant Teaching in Action

Lily Wong Fillmore: Our Common Culture, Our Ambivalence

Anne Fairbrother: A Voyage of Discovery

Joseph S. Renzulli: Providing Enrichment for All Students

Mara Sapon-Shevin: What's Good for the Gifted Is Good for All

Howard Gardner: Educating for Understanding

Thomas R. Hoerr: One School's Application of Multiple Intelligences Theory

Part III. "You Can't Lead Where You Won't Go": Professionalism, Unions, and Leadership

Overview of Part III

Roland S. Barth: Professionalism and School Leaders

Kathleen Densmore: Democratize, Don't Professionalize

Wayne J. Urban: Teacher Unions, History, and Professionalization

Kent D. Peterson: The Real World of School Leaders

Patricia K. Anderson: Reflections on Professionalism and Leadership

Part IV. Change and Constancy: Commentaries on Educational Reform

Overview of Part IV

Herbert M. Kliebard: The Supreme Context of Reform

Michael W. Apple: Privatization and the Common Good

Thomas A. Romberg: Mathematics for All

Fred M. Newmann: Restructuring for Authenticity

Theodore R. Sizer: The Constancy of Change

Dennis R. Williams: An Illustration of Reform



Author Note


Educational leaders speak out in their own words--stimulating, accessible, provocative--on contemporary and controversial topics that range from differing attitudes on diversity to the debate over character education to arguments about education reform.


Award-winning writer Anne Turnbaugh Lockwood interviews nationally-known leaders in a new genre of conversations about key issues in education that inform the contemporary debate and the general reader. Topics range from the current debate over character education to multicultural education and from multiple intelligences to national standards. Those interviewed include Patricia K. Anderson, Michael W. Apple, Roland S. Barth, Gloria Ladson-Billings, B. Bradford Brown, Kathleen Densmore, Anne Fairbrother, Lily Wong Fillmore, Howard Gardner, Thomas R. Hoerr, Herbert M. Kliebard, Thomas Lickona, Alan L. Lockwood, Fred M. Newmann, Kent D. Peterson, Deborah Prothrow-Stith, Joseph S. Renzulli, Thomas A. Romberg, Kevin Ryan, Mara Sapon-Shevin, Christine E. Sleeter, Theodore R. Sizer, Wayne J. Urban, and Dennis R. Williams. Considered are violence; values; youth culture; cultural diversity in language, race, and ability; professionalism; leadership; the role of teacher unions; and broad perspectives on the status and history of educational reform in the United States.

Anne Turnbaugh Lockwood is an Honorary Fellow in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin—Madison and is Senior Writer/Policy Analyst for the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory. Her work has been recognized by the American Educational Research Association Interpretive Scholarship Award and by the University of Wisconsin's School of Education.


"I liked the effective weaving of the quotes, paraphrasing and commentary by Anne Turnbaugh Lockwood, coupled with her good writing style. The readings will be useful for a wide variety of classes—classes in teacher education; ethics in education; history of, sociology of, and foundations of education. " — Kofi Lomotey, Louisiana State University