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Cuban, Larry – 1991
Test misuse is neither isolated nor recent. It is a problem that cannot be easily solved. While test misuse may be reduced or managed, it cannot be eliminated. Test misuse has cut across America's social, economic, and political institutions, including schools. The most flagrant abuse of a test is what happens to the results of the Scholastic…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Assessment, Educational History, Educational Policy
Cuban, Larry – 1987
The history of schooling is a mix of constancy and change in policies, organizational structures, school practices, and classroom pedagogy. Over the last century and a half, well-intentioned and serious reformers, using Federal, state, and local policies, tirelessly and repeatedly tried to improve schooling. Classroom and school practices such as…
Descriptors: Disadvantaged, Educational Change, Educational Facilities Improvement, Educational Improvement
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Cuban, Larry – Harvard Educational Review, 1984
Focuses on the critical role of the superintendent and of district level policies in creating preconditions for local school improvement. Describes the dilemma of school leaders who must make important policy decisions in the face of time pressures and political demands. (JOW)
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Research, Policy Formation, Political Influences
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Cuban, Larry – Educational Policy, 1991
Praises Harold Silver's book "Education, Change, and the Policy Process" for its complex, thoughtful essays justifying the use of history to make informed educational policy. Questions Silver's strong focus on top policymakers and his failure to acknowledge policymakers' usual reliance on intuition and ordinary knowledge, not scholarly studies.…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Policy, Elementary Secondary Education
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Cuban, Larry – Educational Researcher, 1992
Experiences of the author support the contention that professors and practitioners in education face common dilemmas, and share the practice of teaching, but are not bound by any professional community. Professional communities based on commonalities in teaching can be constructed for those in higher education and the public schools. (SLD)
Descriptors: Black Education, College School Cooperation, Community Development, Educational Practices
Cuban, Larry – 1972
This study traces the origin and development of the Cardozo Model School Division, an area of Washington, D.C. having 17,000 poor children. Why did this particular reform shift in aims and alter shape between 1963 and 1972? Three factors played a major role in determining the direction reforms took. First, the particular reform perceptions of…
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Administrators, Curriculum Development, Educational Administration
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Berliner, David C.; Resnick, Lauren B.; Cuban, Larry; Cole, Nancy; Popham, W. James; Goodlad, John I. – Educational Researcher, 1997
Presents the views of six former presidents of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) on the future of the AERA and of educational research in general. Most, although not all, agree that the AERA should become more politically active than it has been and should adopt positions on specific educational policy questions. (SLD)
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Futures (of Society)
Tyack, David; Cuban, Larry – 1995
A tension has long existed between Americans' intense faith in education and the slow pace of changes in educational practices. Citizens have attempted to improve the future by arguing about how to improve youth through education, but actual school reforms have rarely matched expectations. Why this situation has occurred, and why such resistance…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational History, Educational Improvement, Educational Philosophy
Cuban, Larry – 1983
Despite consensus on the administrative reforms needed in school effectiveness programs, policy problems are raised when administrators and school boards want to translate research findings on school improvement into practical terms. Although school systems are now using a number of organizational tools that lift standardized test scores (for…
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Adoption (Ideas), Board of Education Policy, Budgeting
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Cuban, Larry – Educational Researcher, 1990
Examines why instructional, curricular, and political reforms return again and again. Rejects the common explanation that reforms fail because of a lack of rational proposals and implementation, and suggests political and institutional causes. (FMW)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Policy, Educational Trends