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ERIC Number: EJ915905
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-1056-7879
Rhetoric, Distortions, and Responsibility: Illusion and Reality in Education Reform
Korotkova, Maria; Snyder, Conrad Wesley, Jr.
International Journal of Educational Reform, v19 n4 p247-268 Fall 2010
The process of education reform takes place in a highly politicized environment. Language plays an important part in the characterization of the reform, and the words used connect the reform to higher ideals, usually extensive to the local environment but signifying some opportunity for progress. The language is frequently decoupled from the reform and can distort the perceived policy and activity environment to create a qualitative advantage while the mechanisms of change play through their agendas. When ambiguity exists in the characterizations of the reform, there are risks that the apparent progress will result in confused hierarchies of authority. That is, the ambiguities enable strange loops to flourish without attention by management in addressing the complexities in reform. The result is the regression of the reform, re-forming to a previous state as if reform was necessary again. (Contains 2 tables and 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Georgia Republic; USSR