ERIC Number: ED357004
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Redesigning Teaching: Professionalism or Bureaucracy? Teacher Thinking and Development Series.
Firestone, William A.; Bader, Beth D.
This book clarifies current efforts to reform teaching by providing a conceptual analysis of what a professional and a bureaucratic view of teaching entail. Case studies are presented illustrating what happens when differing approaches to teachers' work are tried in three school districts. The first chapter describes the two approaches to reform by examining their conceptions of what students should learn and how and what teachers should teach. The next three chapters present the stories of three districts' efforts to redesign teaching; the teacher program is described in its district context, and issues of implementation are analyzed. Chapter 5 examines how the three districts implemented divergent conceptions of teacher reform. Chapter 6 analyzes the politics of redesign by examining the roles of different groups in shaping district policies. The final chapter synthesizes the arguments of the book and suggests that while short-term improvements can be accomplished through bureaucracy, serious reform requires professionalization. An extensive reference list and three appendices--research methods, a site visit guide, and an academy survey--complete the volume. (LL)
Descriptors: Bureaucracy, Case Studies, Context Effect, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Local Government, Policy Formation, Program Implementation, School Districts, School Restructuring, State Government, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Behavior, Teacher Motivation, Teacher Response
State University of New York Press, State University Plaza, Albany, NY 12246 (paperback: ISBN-0-7914-1124-9, $17.95; hardcover: ISBN-0-7914-1123-0, $54.50).
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Consortium for Policy Research in Education, New Brunswick, NJ.