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ERIC Number: ED469533
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May
Pages: 26
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Learning from School Reform.
Levin, Henry M.
This paper asserts that creating successful school reform can be difficult. The first part discusses the concept of school culture to explain challenges to school reform, examining why existing school culture is necessary for a smoothly functioning and stable school but an obstacle to educational change and noting that attempts to transform school culture through external means usually fail. It introduces the alternative concept of internal transformation of culture, which empowers school participants to change their practices, expectations, and attitudes via a change process that sets new goals and provides tools to help reach them. The second part introduces the Accelerated Schools Project (ASP) in the United States and Hong Kong, which transforms traditional schools that rely on rote learning into schools that utilize approaches typically used with gifted and talented students. The paper examines whether a reform model developed in one country can successfully transform schools in another, culturally different, country. It introduces facets of the ASP process, linking them to their role in internal cultural transformation. The final section addresses what has been learned in the 50 Hong Kong schools and describes a strategy for ascertaining the conditions under which the ASP approach has shown success, noting how those conditions might be replicated. (Contains 16 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong