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American Educator
Fall 1988


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Making Groupwork Work
The Potential Benefits of Groupwork Are Enormous, but They Can't Be Reaped without Careful Planning
By Elizabeth G. Cohen and Joan Benton

Too much reliance on whole-group instruction and seatwork leaves many students adrift, off task, and alienated from school. Having students work actively together in small groups is an alternative strategy with enormous potential, but woe to the teacher who rushes in without careful preparation.

New Ways of Working
Troubled Industries Experiment with Workers' Self-Management
By David Kusnet

Find out how an auto factory threatened with shutdown, a declining steel industry, and a troubled New York City government agency turned themselves around by giving workers more voice in how to best get the job done.

The Harvard Education Letter

A description of how a growing number of teachers are creating ways to conduct their own classroom-based research and an interview with Ted Sizer are the highlights of this sample issue of The Harvard Education Letter, made available by special arrangement to American Educator readers.

Labor Illustrated

New posters designed by some of the nation's leading graphic artists are inspired by the past and future struggles of the American labor movement.

Turning Point for Social Studies Reform?
A Look at the New California Framework
Paul Gagnon

No more will California social studies teachers be asked to cover everything from the Mayans to the moon landings in a single year of U.S. history and from prehistory to perestroika in one year of world history. And that's only one of the many strengths of the new California curriculum Framework that many hope will become a model for the nation.

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About American Educator

American Educator is a quarterly journal of educational research and ideas published by the American Federation of Teachers. Recent articles have focused on such topics as reducing the achievement gap between poor and affluent students, heading off student discipline problems, teaching an appreciation and understanding of democracy, the benefits of a common coherent curriculum, and other issues affecting children and education here and abroad. Total circulation, as of our most recent issue, is over 900,000.

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