ERIC Number: ED342128
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: 0
What's Worth Fighting For? Working Together for Your School.
Fullan, Michael G.; Hargreaves, Andy
Two challenges that face educators--developing interactive professionalism in the schools, and facilitating teachers and principals as change agents--are examined in this book. Chapter 1 examines the following problem areas in educational change: overload; isolation; "groupthink"; untapped competence; narrow roles; and failed reform. A holistic understanding of the teacher is presented in the second chapter, and the social and working conditions of "total schools" are discussed in chapter 3. The paradox of individuality and collegiality is examined, showing how they can be reconciled in order to improve schools. Chapter 4 offers action guidelines for teachers, principals, and educators. Successful reform is based on improving teachers and school working conditions, which in turn leads to student improvement. (82 references) (LMI)
Descriptors: Collegiality, Educational Environment, Elementary Secondary Education, Organizational Climate, Professional Development, Quality of Working Life, Teacher Participation, Work Environment
The Regional Laboratory for Educational Improvement of the Northeast & Islands, 300 Brickstone Square, Suite 900, Andover, MA 01810 (Order no. 9117-09, $13.00 plus $2.50 shipping and handling; quantity discounts).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ontario Public School Teachers' Federation, Toronto.; Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Regional Laboratory for Educational Improvement of the Northeast & Islands, Andover, MA.
Note: The author was commissioned by the Ontario Public School Teachers' Federation (OPSTF) to prepare this report in 1988. The Regional Laboratory for Educational Improvement of the Northeast and Islands (RLEINI) reprinted the report in 1991, with sponsorship from the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI).