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ERIC Number: EJ815369
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Change in Chaos: Seven Lessons Learned from Katrina
Carr-Chellman, Alison A.; Beabout, Brian; Alkandari, Khaled A.; Almeida, Luis C.; Gursoy, Husra T.; Ma, Ziyan; Modak, Rucha S.; Pastore, Raymond S.
Educational Horizons, v87 n1 p26-39 Fall 2008
This article discusses seven lessons learned from Katrina, suggesting that after chaos: (1) there is hope; (2) there is a strong atmosphere of indeterminacy; (3) things tend to break apart and reform in somewhat similar ways but with different values; (4) there is a desire for organization, leadership, and familiarity; (5) there is a sense of loss; (6) the old problems are still there; and (7) the larger culture still bears on the system. The authors reflect on these lessons using educators' voices and by exploring how the experience of school change in post-Katrina New Orleans intersects with the broader literature on change so that a deep discussion of change after chaos might help to inform future efforts to change school systems. The authors believe that learning these lessons may be essential to those facing change after chaotic events, be they hurricanes, tsunamis, or political upheavals.
Descriptors: Natural Disasters, Weather, Adjustment (to Environment), Prediction, Familiarity, Cultural Context, Change Strategies, Social Change, Urban Education
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Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Louisiana