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Rethinking Educational Change with Heart and Mind (ASCD Yearbook, 1997)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0871202964, Paperback)Why does successful, enduring change beyond a few isolated schools continue to elude us? The fundamental problem, says editor Hargreaves, is that educational change is more complex and controversial than the change literature has recognized. In this book, Hargreaves and the other contributors move the dialogue about change beyond the technical aspects to three essential areas of teaching, learning, and leadership that have received only limited attention: the passion, purpose, and politics of change. Each chapter looks realistically but also optimistically at many of the complexities of change.
In the first chapter, editor Hargreaves discusses the need for greater depth and breadth in our educational change efforts. In the next few chapters, authors explore the vital role of parents and communities in educational change efforts. Subsequent chapters stress the value of involving students in school improvement; suggest practical ideas for managing time differently; and discuss the importance of clear, measurable goals. Other authors look at alternative assessment practices, with a corresponding view of accountability.
Additional topics include collaborative action research among teachers in their own schools around issues of professional interest to them, as well as ways that even wider collaborations, or networks, foster positive change. In another chapter, the authors ask whether what we know about school improvement applies to schools that are "failing" or seriously troubled. They examine the political as well as technical issues involved in designating a school as failing or troubled, arguing for more sophisticated ways of designation. The closing chapter expands on a theme of the opening one--the place of emotion in educational change--by discussing a second theme, that of hope, without which there is no commitment or optimism that children's lives can be made better.
Together, these chapters extend the educational change agenda, confront some of the most difficult obstacles, and offer hope and practical guidance for bringing about positive educational change that benefits all students.
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