Publication Date: November 28, 2010
In her new book, Betty Demarest describes a bold agenda for education reform—one that is firmly grounded in a synthesis of educational research about learning, teaching, and the contexts of education. The author’s “learning-centered” framework includes: (1) a broad and balanced set of education goals; (2) a multifaceted concept of achievement; (3) classroom capacity for learning; (4) systemic capacity and infrastructure; (5) shared, reciprocal accountability; and (6) systems of multiple assessments. New research-based concepts in these six areas are compared critically to older concepts behind standards-based reform and No Child Left Behind.
Elizabeth J. Demarest is an education consultant living in Alexandria, Virginia. She was formerly with the U.S. Department of Education and the National Education Association.
“Betty Demarest clearly defines a learning-centered framework for improving policy and practice in our nation’s classrooms.”
—Gerald N. Tirozzi, National Association of Secondary School Principals
“This book is a welcome gift to policymakers and practitioners.”
—Roland Tharp, University of California, Berkeley
“Demarest provides a research-based foundation for informed discussion and debate as Congress renews federal education law. Her synthesis of key issues should provide a starting point for any serious discussion of the way forward in federal education policy.”
—Mary Haywood Metz, professor emerita, University of Wisconsin–Madison