My research focuses on the influence of social and institutional contexts on teachers’ practice as well as the role of curriculum and teaching in building a democratic society in the face of antidemocratic impulses of greed, individualism, and intolerance. In recent years I’ve examined the influence of the educational standards and high-stakes testing movements on curriculum and teaching. My most recent research investigates the surveillance-based and spectacular conditions of (post)modern schools and society in an effort to develop both a radical critique of the “disciplinary gaze” and a means by which teachers, students and other stakeholders might resist the conformative, anti-democratic, anti-collective, and oppressive potentialities of contemporary educational “reforms.” Pages here include citations for my scholarly books as well as recent book chapters and articles. Many of my scholarly papers can be read at: http://ubc.academia.edu/EWayneRoss
I have also written numerous opinion pieces published in newspapers and magazines [including: The New York Times, Education Week, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Vancouver Sun, The Georgia Straight (Vancouver, Canada), The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY), The Charlotte Observer, St. Petersburg Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Las Vegas Review-Journal, Times-Union (Albany, NY), The Daily Gazette (Schenectady, NY), Press and Sun Bulletin (Binghamton, NY), Legislative Gazette, AFT On Campus, The New York Teacher, CAUT/ACPPU Bulletin etc.] addressing issues of high-stakes testing, curriculum standards, charter schools, public funding of education, academic freedom, labor rights, statist views of education, and racism. These articles are listed in on the Popular Press page.
Over the years I have also written articles and commentary in labor union publications such as Connection, The Choice, The Voice (United University Professions/New York State United Teachers/American Federation of Teachers).
In the 1990s, I was a writer for The Blueshound, a newsletter distributed in eastern New York and southern New England, where many of my reviews of blues, R & B, and roots music recordings appeared.