Change and Effectiveness in Schools: A Cultural Perspective

Change and Effectiveness in Schools: A Cultural Perspective



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780887067266
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 08/01/1988
Series: SUNY series, Frontiers in Education Series
Pages: 173

About the Author

Gretchen B. Rossman is Associate Professor of Education and Director of the Leadership and Administration Program at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

H. Dickson Corbett is the Director of Improvement Studies at Research for Better Schools, Inc. in Philadelphia.

William A. Firestone is Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Education, and Senior Research Fellow at the Center for Policy Research in Education at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Table of Contents



1 Introduction

The Central Argument

School Cultures

Change: Cultural and Planned


2 Monroe High School: The Comprehensive Ideal and Basic Skills Improvement

Monroe High School

Perspectives on Purpose

The Basic Literacy Program and Teacher Responses


3 Westtown: Improvement Efforts in a Good School

Westtown High School

The Faculty Talks

Westtown's Ethos

Change at Westtown

The Sacred and Change


4 Somerville High School: A School for Good Citizens

The Setting

Historical Background

The Inner Circle

Discipline and Order

Education for Tomorrow: Work and the Individual

Challenges to Autonomy

5 Culture and Change

Variations in Local School Cultures

Faculty Responses to Change

Observations on Behavioral and Cultural Change

6 Culture and Effectiveness

Definitions of Effectiveness

Appropriate Definitions of Effectiveness




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