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ERIC Number: EJ1067214
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2155-9635
Group Polarization and Educational Reform
Tanner, David; Magdaleno, Kenneth
International Journal of Educational Leadership Preparation, v3 n3 Oct-Dec 2008
Although educational leaders may be optimistic about initiating change, lasting reforms are rare. The group polarization literature, although dated, provides an important explanation for a very current problem. The theory holds that when there are differences of opinion to begin with, a counter-conformity effect works among members of groups. Rather than descending upon some group consensus, individuals and factions within the larger group become more divided with time. Such "group polarization" works against maintaining the critical mass that any reform requires and offers at least one explanation for why educational reforms at the local level fail.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: California
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