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ERIC Number: ED522981
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 256
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-1-6070-9527-0ISBN-978-1-6070-9527-9
Changing Schools from the inside out: Small Wins in Hard Times. Third Edition
Larson, Robert
Rowman & Littlefield Education
At any time, public schools labor under great economic, political, and social pressures that make it difficult to create large-scale, "whole school" change. But current top-down mandates require that schools close achievement gaps while teaching more problem solving, inquiry, and research skills--with fewer resources. Failure to meet test-based standards can produce consequences such as school closure or staff replacement. With this real-world challenge to education foremost, this book presents pertinent research and instructive case studies of two "good" high schools. It advocates a proven strategy of small-scale, incremental change--small wins--which increases the likelihood that schools will improve despite a climate of "do more with less." Chapters describe the current societal context; the history of major change projects since the 1970s; the organizational and social characteristics of schools and classrooms; human factors that encourage and support improvement; the effects of technology; forces affecting teachers and principals; commonplace components of and vehicles for change; and practical "levers and footings" for change that can have a high positive payoff. [Foreword by George Voland.]
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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