ERIC Number: ED418497
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Charting School Change: Improving the Odds for Successful School Reform.
Although models of successful school innovations exist, some reformers are giving up on the public schools. To address this problem, some suggestions for educators who want usable concepts to reform education are presented. The book is intended for the busy professionals devoted to education-teachers, teachers, administrators, curriculum specialists, and college faculty--and explains complex theories using diagrams and examples. It draws on the author's experiences in teaching humanities and builds a unified theory by selecting different combinations of disciplines. Part 1 addresses the need for a new conceptual framework and introduces the basic concepts of self-organizing systems, showing how these concepts can help interpret common phenomena in school reform. Some of the specific issues it addresses include reasons behind dysfunctional systems and the mechanism by which systems transform themselves. Part 2 is a practical handbook for applying systems concepts to specific dimensions of school change. Each chapter looks at a specific part of the change process from a self-organizing-system perspective. Selected issues covered include creating a vision for change, building partnerships, and the important role of conflict in systems change. (Contains an index.) (RJM)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Models, Professional Development, Public Schools, School Community Relationship, School Restructuring, Systems Approach
Corwin Press, Inc., 2455 Teller Road, Thousand Oaks, CA 91320-2218 (paper: ISBN-0-8039-6489-7, $18.95; cloth: ISBN-8039-6688-9, $43.95).
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners; Teachers
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