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The Competitive Ethos and Democratic Education

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$99.00 • £79.95 • €89.00

ISBN 9780674154179

Publication Date: 04/21/1989


261 pages

1 photo, 11 tables


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Now that American schools are being heavily criticized for not meeting Japanese standards and ‘competitiveness’ has become a buzz-word, we badly need Nicholls’s wonderful book. Rooted in Nicholls’s masterful knowledge of the research literature on ego and task involvement, achievement motivation, and school performance (to which he has been a major contributor), it addresses central issues of educational values and strategy. Nicholls writes clearly and sometimes passionately. The reader is bound to emerge thinking differently about the ends and means of democratic education.—M. Brewster Smith, Professor Emeritus of Psychology, University of California, Santa Cruz, and Past President, American Psychological Association

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