Extending Educational Reform

Extending Educational Reform : From One School to Many

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In an effort to improve student achievement, thousands of US schools have adopted school reform models devised externally by universities and other organizations. Such models have been successful in improving individual schools or groups of schools, but what happens when educational reform attempts to extend from one school to many?
Through qualitative data from several studies, this book explores what happens when school reform 'goes to scale'. Topics covered include:
*why and how schools are adopting reforms
*the influence of the local context and wider constraints on the implementation of reform
*teachers and principals as change agents in schools
*the evolution of reform design teams
*the implementation, sustainability and expiration of reform, and its impact on educational change
Each chapter concludes with guidelines for policy and practice.
This book will be of interest to educational leaders and staff developers, educational researchers and policy makers, in the US and internationally.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 192 pages
  • 159 x 235 x 15.75mm | 408g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0415240697
  • 9780415240697

Table of contents

1. Introduction; 2. Why and How Are Schools Adopting Reforms Now?; 3. Is All Change Local? The 'Problem' of Context and the Politics of Race, Class and Gender; 4. changing Teachers' Work Through External Reform Design; 5. "Building the Plane While its Flying" - The Evolving Design Team; 6. The Life Cycle of External Reform Models: Implementation, Sustainability and Expiration; 7. "Is it Working?" Measuring Reform Success; 8. Conclusion - Working Together for School Change
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'The book will be recommended for my students as an essential read. Large-scale reform is taking off and there are so few books on the topic.' - Professor Michael Fullan; 'This is currently a very important area of focus for school reform and I believe that the proposed book would provide a timely overview.' - Professor David Hopkins
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