Beyond Educational Reformby Andy Hargreaves, Roy Evans
Why has educational reform failed? Why do we need to bring teachers back into the process? For many years, education reform has been imposed on teachers in many parts of the world. Teachers have had little or no voice in the changes that have been foisted on them. Overload, burnout, demoralization, poor implementation, and a rush for early retirement have been widespread consequences. Positive educational change is needed more than ever, but in a way that puts teachers in the vanguard of it, rather than making them its marginalized victims. It is time to bring teachers back in. It is time to look at educational change and teachers' involvement in it with fresh, more generous eyes.
The writers in this book do just that. All are recognized international experts in educational reform. For them, positive educational change means strong emphasis on professional development; ensuring that every school and department becomes a strong professional community; valuing not vilifying educational research; putting teachers in charge of standards and change; giving schools more flexibility over curriculum and assessment, not less; and seeing our educational past as something to be built on, not castigated and forgotten. Existing educational reform strategies are becoming exhausted. It is time for a better way. These writers identify the new directions that lie before us in England, Australia, North America and Japan.
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