ERIC Number: ED489331
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
The Dark Side of School Reform: Teaching in the Space between Reality and Utopia
Brooks, Jeffrey S.
Rowman & Littlefield Education
This book directly engages some of the more difficult aspects of working as an educator in a public school. This book investigates what it means to teach, lead, and live during times of ongoing and intense change and offers insights which might help committed professionals better serve the needs of students as they seek to implement their own reforms in the ever-shifting organizations public schools have become. The book features: (1) A qualitative case study that used a sociological conceptual framework to explore teachers' professional and personal lives as they implemented reform initiatives in a single public school over a two-year period, and (2) Important and specific problems associated with school reform efforts and offers practitioner-oriented solutions that may aid educators in their efforts to facilitate meaningful educational change. This book is for teachers, school administrators, staff members, professors of education, graduate students, sociologists, and policymakers. The book opends with a Foreword by Harry F.Wolcott; Acknowledgments; and an Introduction: Exploring the Dark Side of School Reform. Then eleven chapters follow: (1) The School Day is Fast and the School Year is Faster!; (2) Add Duties, Subtract Duties; Add Responsibility, Subtract Responsibilities; Add Rigmarole, Subtract Rigmarole; (3) Teaching as an Everyday Ambiguity: Who Is Doing What, Where,When,Why, and How?; (4) The "Old Guard" versus the "New Way"; (5) Snake Charmers in the Star Chamber; (6) Strangers in a Strange School: Isolated Instructors, Divided Departments, Fractured Faculty; (7) There's No "I" in the Word "School"; and (8) Distraction + Disorientation = Disaffection; (9) Leading with Smoke and Mirrors: Of Misty Missions, Vague Values, and Floating Philosophies; (10) Coda or Refrain? Reforming Again and Again and Again and Again . . .; and (11) Teaching in the Space between Reality and Utopia. The book also contains a Methodological Appendix; References; an Index; and About the Author.
Descriptors: Educational Change, Public Schools, Teachers, Teaching (Occupation), Teaching Experience
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Students; Support Staff; Teachers; Administrators; Policymakers
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