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ERIC Number: ED436819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
From Second to Third Millennium Schools: The Impact of the Reform Agenda on School Development.
Townsend, Tony
This paper draws on studies from around the world to examine the impact of school reform over the last 30 years. It claims that there is little or no evidence that recent education reforms necessarily lead to improved student outcomes for all students. In fact, findings indicate that some reforms promote a rapid increase in the variation in student achievement between the best- and worst-achieving students and that this variation is linked to the level of decentralization within the school system. The article states that reform activity over the past few years, together with other social changes involving technology, the economy, and employment, have led to new ways of thinking about education. The paper charts the educational changes coming in the third millennium and suggests that dominant trends in society, such as technology, a global economy, and electronic communications, will foster the move from a national to an international or global focus. The report advocates a new charter for education that is oriented towards global education. It suggests that schools use technology rather than compete with it, that they develop collaborative learning, that they refocus on the individual, and that they highlight process skills rather than specific content knowledge. (Contains 44 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 19-23, 1999).