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"A lucid, vivid, and persuasive account of the 'slippery' relationship between school organization and classroom teaching. By melding policy analysis and up-close observation, the authors illuminate the really hard issues in improving instruction. This book will shape educational research and reform for many years to come." —David Tyack, Vida Jacks Professor of Education and History, Stanford University This book addresses the question of whether organizational restructuring efforts can actually make a difference in how teachers teach and how students learn. By taking an in-depth look at three elementary schools and six classrooms undergoing change, the authors reveal important findings on how reform models might be translated into effective classroom practice.

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"A lucid, vivid, and persuasive account of the slippery relationship between school organization and classroom teaching. By melding policy analysis and up-close observation, the authors illuminate the really hard issues in improving instruction. This book will shape educational research and reform for many years to come." (David Tyack, Vida Jacks Professor of Education and History, Stanford University)

"A compelling demonstration that innovative organizational structures are often appropriated to enact teachers' prior conceptions of teaching. This confirms what our studies have found: that changes in school structure or even in teaching practice offer no guarantees for enhancing the intellectual quality of student learning." (Fred M. Newman, director, Center on Organization and Restructuring of Schools, and professor of curriculum and instruction, University of Wisconsin, Madison)

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An analysis of school restructuring efforts based on extensive case studies of three schools at various stages of the process. The author presents detailed studies of how four teachers in each school responded to the organizational changes going on around them, as well as interviews with principals, teachers, parents, support staff, and district personnel. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780787902391
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/15/1996
  • Series: Education Series
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

RICHARD F. ELMORE is professor of education and chairman of programs in administration, planning, and social policy at the Graduate School of Education, Harvard University. PENELOPE L. PETERSON is University Distinguished Professor of Education at Michigan State University and president-elect of the American Educational Research Association. SARAH J. MCCARTHEY is an assistant professor in the department of curriculum and instruction at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: The Puzzle of Organization and Practice.

LAKEVIEW SCHOOL.

2. A Principal Leads the Way.

3. Teams and Themes.

4. Self-Esteem and Self-Expression.

5. Structure and Practice.

WEBSTER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

6. The Development of a District's Flagship.

7. Active Learning in Mathematics.

8. Developing Teams.

9. A Model of School Restructuring?

NORTHEASTERN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

10. An Alternative School is Born.

11. Reading and Writing.

12. Learning Science.

13. Fitting Structure to Practice.

14. Conclusion: Restructuring Teaching.

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