Spinning Wheels: The Politics of Urban School Reform / Edition 1

Spinning Wheels: The Politics of Urban School Reform / Edition 1

by Frederick M. Hess
     
 

Almost everyone agrees that America's urban schools are a mess. But while this agreement has fostered widespread support for aggressive reform, Frederick Hess argues that much of what ails urban education is actually the result of continuous or fragmentary reform. Hess argues that policymakers have misallocated resources by pursuing the "right" structure or the "best"… See more details below

Overview

Almost everyone agrees that America's urban schools are a mess. But while this agreement has fostered widespread support for aggressive reform, Frederick Hess argues that much of what ails urban education is actually the result of continuous or fragmentary reform. Hess argues that policymakers have misallocated resources by pursuing the "right" structure or the "best" pedagogy while paying insufficient attention to the more mundane - and more important - questions of how to implement, refine, and sustain a particular approach in their particular district. Previous research on high-performing schools suggests that the best schools are characterized by focus and by an ability to develop expertise in specific approaches to teaching and learning. To help educators and policymakers adopt and nurture a focused agenda, Hess recommends institutional changes that increase the effectiveness of performance outcomes and reduce the incentives to emphasize symbolic reform.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815736356
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1The Politics
1The Politics of Urban School Reform3
2Organizational and Personal Incentives for Reform30
3The Supporting Players in Urban School Reform59
Pt. 2The Evidence
4The Dizzying Pace of Urban School Reform89
5A Political Explanation of Policy Selection103
6Community Context and Urban School Reform124
7The Effectiveness of Urban School Reform151
Pt. 3The Possibilities
8The Spinning Wheels of Reform: Getting Unstuck177
App. AConducting the Study193
App. BList of Districts Studied203
App. CSummary Data on Respondents205
App. DOLS Regression Results for Chapter 6207
References209
Index225

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