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United Mind Workers. Unions and Teaching in the Knowledge Society

  • ID: 2217742
  • Book
  • April 1997
  • Region: Global
  • 256 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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How teacher′s unions can serve as advocates of innovative school reform.In this groundbreaking work, the authors make a compelling case for transforming teacher unions to become champions of quality schooling. This new model of teacher unions would be organized around issues of quality teaching and professional development, as well as, economic fairness. The authors propose strategies for expanding the influence of unions by involving them in the setting of educational standards, evaluating teacher performance, and promoting career security, portable pensions, and employment services for teachers. The book maps out new contracting strategies and labor law reforms that would allow unions to be more flexible and responsive to change.
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Part I: A Post–Industrial Unionism.

1. Organizing the Other Half of Teaching.

2. From Siege Mentality to Transformational Vision.Part II: The Quest for Quality.

3. Improving the Craft of Teaching.

4. Upgrading Educational Standards.

5. Evaluating the Work of Peers.

Part III: New Union–Management Agreements.

6. Reforming the District–Wide Contract.

7. Establishing School–Based Compacts.

Part IV: Tasks for the Future.

8. Strengthening the Market for Teachers.

9. Creating New Representation Roles for Unions.

10. Reforming the Labor Law.

11. Organizing for the Knowledge Era.
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Charles Taylor Kerchner
Julia E. Koppich
Joseph G. Weeres
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