Let me try...
>The sentences go as follows:
>The knowledge economy drives people to put their self-interest before the
>social good, to indulge in consumption instead of involving themselves in
>community, to enjoy the buzz and pizzazz of temporary teamwork more than
>developing the long-term emotions of loyalty and perseverance that sustain
>the enduring commitments of grouplife.
>(I'm stuck at the "Buzz and Pizzaz")
The implied meaning is that temporary teamwork very often creates an
initial feeling of excitement among the members of a team because of
novelty, new faces, and so on. The idiom "buzz and pizzazz" seems to be a
tautology, i.e. two words expressing the same meaning.
buzz and pizzazz = excitement
Unless your language has an equivalent tautology with exactly the same
meaning, the word "excitement" (in your language) for the whole idiom might
well take care of the problem.
>as Teaching in the Knowledge Society illustrates in a case description of a
>school deliberately established as a learning community. But professional
>learning communities are neither soppy nor sappy enclaves of easy agreement.
>They demand what I call a ³grown up² profession with grown-up professional
>norms of teaching where teachers are as much at ease with demanding adults
>as they are with problem children; where professional disagreement is
>embraced and enjoyed rather than avoided; where conflict is seen as a
>necessary part of professional learning, not a fatal act of betrayal.
>(Here, it is " neither soppy nor sappy enclaves" that causes a mental block)
The writer seems to be fond of tautologies because this is another one. I
see very little difference between "soppy" and "sappy" in this context.
Both mean something like "driven by emotions or sentimentality rather than
reason". The writer opposes this undesirable notion with the notion of a
grown up profession ruled by reason, common sense and debate.
I doubt whether these sorts of slang or idiom should be part of the
discourse of education. But that is a different discussion.
Hope this helps...