Merlin Thompson's research while affiliated with The University of Calgary and other places

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In this article, we provide an overview of the nature of Alberta Public Charter Schools, (APCS) and offer a sampling of findings from a comprehensive study of the TAAPCS system originally done to identify the capacity, adaptability and impact of the APCS. Here, we access some of those findings to address two 'myths': 1. Alberta Public Charter Scho...
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The central tenet of this investigation is that educational institutions possess their own school identity. Acknowledging that school identity is influenced by institutional mechanisms and personal dynamics, we examine school identity in the context of 13 Alberta charter schools. Narratives of 73 educational stakeholders across the network of Alber...
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The problem with authenticity—the idea of being “true to one’s self”—is that its somewhat checkered reputation garners a complete range of favorable and unfavorable reactions. In educational settings, authenticity is lauded as one of the top two traits students desire in their teachers. Yet, authenticity is criticized for its tendency towards narci...
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The executive committee of the Association of Alberta Public Charter Schools (TAAPCS) held a number of meetings to evaluate the current Alberta Public Charter School system, contacting researchers from the University of Calgary Dr. Dianne Gereluk and Dr. Eugene Kowch. We were approached to conduct a system wide analysis of the current capacities, a...

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... Furthermore, some authors (e.g., Gereluk, Donlevy, & Thompson, 2015;Rajan & Branas, 2018) have noted that increased security measures in schools may be counterproductive in that they interrupt or negate the sense of communal belonging, trust, and openness necessary for an effective educational environment. Another often-touted "solution" is to arm teachers, yet it is widely acknowledged that an increase in access to guns is not associated with increased security or protection from violence. ...
... The establishment of specific charter schools such as one in particular dedicated to gifted students have been the result of a strong parental push for more specialised choice within the public system (Bosetti and Pyryt 2007;Wooley 2006). These schools are distinct in that, although they operate in the public education system and are funded accordingly, they are permitted to implement their own curricula which are established in their 'charters' (Thompson, Kowch, and Gereluk 2016). In this sense then, the public provision of charter schools can be seen as the provincial government's best attempt to cater to as many unique demands for choice in the public system to prevent parental exit. ...
... Trên thế giới, cùng với sự gia tăng xu hướng phân cấp quản lí giáo dục từ những năm 1980 đến nay, các chính sách đổi mới giáo dục theo hướng tăng cường tự chủ trường học ngày càng được áp dụng rộng rãi ở nhiều quốc gia (Altrichter & Rürup, 2010;Caldwell & Spinks, 1988;Cheng & Mok, 2007;Grimaldi & Serpieri, 2014;Ng & Chan, 2008;Thompson, Gereluk, & Kowch, 2016;Trimmer, 2013). Trong khuôn khổ nghiên cứu này, tự chủ trường học được định nghĩa là sự tự do và quyền ra quyết định của nhà trường trong khuôn khổ các mục tiêu chung, chính sách, tiêu chuẩn, và trách nhiệm giải trình (Caldwell, 2013;Honingh & Urbanovic, 2013;Suggett, 2015). ...
... Whilst youth workers often delineate clearly their role from more 'traditional' educators, such as teachers, there is evidence of commonality. As Thompson (2015) notes, authenticity is distinguished by a consistency, or congruence, between the educator's values, motivations and actions. Kreber (2013), makes the important point that 'the difference in power between teachers and students must not be denied' (52). ...