Revisiting The Culture of the School and the Problem of Change / Edition 1

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Revisiting "The Culture of the School and the Problem of Change" provocatively and seamlessly joins Seymour Sarason's classic, landmark text on school change with his own insightful reflections on those same issues in the face of today's crisis in public schools. This is an extensive, monograph-length revisiting. Throughout, many of the major assumptions about change in institutions are challenged. Specific events and examples demonstrate that any attempt to implement change involves some existing regularity within the school. Dr. Sarason also takes a close look at government involvement in change efforts in schooling - and includes a detailed examination of current efforts to implement PL 94-142 into public schools. He presents compelling evidence that the federal effort to change and improve schools has largely been a failure. Also included are investigations into the purposes of schooling and how these purposes can be affected by change, and the process by which educators and administrators formulate intended outcomes of change efforts. Dr. Sarason is deeply concerned that the reform arena is being manipulated by forces that are at best untroubled by and at worst intent on the dismantling of the public school system. That, coupled with his fear that even the system's defenders are not focusing on the real issues, has infused Dr. Sarason's return to the topic of educational change with a great sense of urgency. The important things he has to say will be welcomed by all who truly care about the state of the public schools that America's children attend.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807735435
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Series: Series on School Reform
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Revisit
Preface to the Second Edition
Ch. 1 The Plan of the Book 1
Ch. 2 The Encapsulated School System 9
Ch. 3 University and School Cultures 29
Ch. 4 The Modal Process of Change 45
Ch. 5 The Evaluation of Educational Change 69
Ch. 6 Programmatic and Behavioral Regularities 95
Ch. 7 The Ecological Approach 119
Ch. 8 The Principal 139
Ch. 9 The Principal and the Use of "The System" 163
Ch. 10 The Teacher: The Role and Its Dilemmas 185
Ch. 11 The Teacher: Constitutional Issues in the Classroom 215
Ch. 12 Education for All Handicapped Children (Public Law 94-142) 235
Ch. 13 What Are Schools For? 261
Ch. 14 The Ends and Means of Change 283
Ch. 15 Why Revisit? 309
Ch. 16 Are Schools Unique Organizations? 317
Ch. 17 Changes in Power Relationships 331
Ch. 18 What Constitutes a Change? 345
Ch. 19 Two Basic Criteria for School Change 361
Ch. 20 The Culture of the School and the Problem of Social Change 373
Ch. 21 Postscript 383
References 389
Index 393
About the Author 398
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