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CHOICELarson (emer., Univ. of Vermont) effectively and conclusively enlightens policy makers, professors, school administrators, and change agent researchers by providing an exhaustive discussion of decades of research on change. The author reviews in great detail the variables and factors associated with success or failure in making change in public schools, including his most recent study on change in two high schools. Numerous ideas are explored, such as the realization that change is complex and complicated; there are problems associated with top-down change; schools need the collaborative efforts of all to make change succeed; and the essence of long-term meaningful change should be from the "inside out." The author's experience as a professor and researcher makes this is an excellent read for anyone interested in understanding the impact of meaningful and sustained change in America's public school system.
Summing Up: Highly recommended. General readers; upper-division undergraduate students and above.
Selected for review by the American Library Association.