Reforming Reading, Writing and Mathematics: Teacher's Responses and the Prospects for Systemic Reform

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Overview

In this book S.G. Grant reports on four Michigan elementary school teachers' management of a range of reforms (such as new tests, textbooks, and curriculum frameworks) in three different school subjects (reading, writing, and mathematics). Two significant findings emerge from his comparison of these responses: teachers' responses vary across classrooms (even when they teach in the same school building) and also across the reforms (a teacher might embrace reforms in one subject area, but ignore proposed changes in another). Reforming Reading, Writing, and Mathematics will interest researchers, practitioners, and graduate students in the field of educational policy and reading, writing, and mathematics education. It is also important reading for policy analysts in universities, foundations, and government.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805828405
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/1/1998
  • Pages: 256
  • Lexile: 1140L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Pt. I Teachers, Reforms, and Systemic Change
1 Teachers and Reforms 3
2 Michigan: A Case of Systemic Reform 18
Pt. II Cases of Teachers, Schools, and Reforms
Prologue: The Derry School District and Donnelly-King Elementary School 41
3 Going It Alone: The Case of Bonnie Jones 45
4 A Paradox of Talk and Practice: The Case of Frank Jensen 78
Epilogue: Variation in Teachers' Responses to Reforms 104
Prologue: The Hamilton School District, Sanford Heights Elementary School, and Sheldon Court Academic Center 110
5 The Center Holds: The Case of Marie Irwin 114
6 Seeking a Balance: The Case of Paula Goddard 138
Epilogue: Variation in Teachers' Responses to Reforms 164
Pt. III Understanding Reform and Change
7 The Interaction of Personal, Organizational, and Policy Factors: Explaining the Variation in Teachers' Responses 171
8 If the Problem Is Systemic, Is the Solution? Considering the Prospects for Systemic Reform 187
9 Looking Ahead: The Prospects for Systemic Reform and Change in U.S. Schools 203
App.: Research Design 211
References 222
Author Index 230
Subject Index 233
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