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By Gretchen B. Rossman

ISBN-10: 0585067473

ISBN-13: 9780585067476

ISBN-10: 0887067255

ISBN-13: 9780887067259

The search for more suitable colleges has probably by no means been tougher than it's this present day. right here, the authors reflect on and examine that problem from the cultural point of view. Rossman, Corbett, and Firestone tested 3 excessive faculties in the middle of swap. academics and directors consented to supply the authors a yr in each one in their respective settings which will comprehend greater their distinctive procedure of norms, ideals, and values in addition to to trace their reactions to occasions. the resultant observations and interviews display a wealthy and specified photograph of the efforts to deal with new regulations and practices in addition to a few of the assets of resistance to alter within the faculties. The checklist of the authors’ trips with those colleges presents educators, coverage makers, and researchers--all these attracted to tuition swap and renewal in addition to employees improvement within the schools--with a greater realizing of the complicated texture and that means of academic reform.

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What were the norms, beliefs, and values that were implicated when change confronted teachers? Which of these norms, beliefs, and values obtained for all teachers, and which were idiosyncratic to one high school or one group within a school? Understanding how teachers respond to change is central to the problem of improving schools. " Three perspectives on planned change and teachers' contribution to it have evolved over the years: the technical, the political, and Page 2 the cultural (House, 1981; Tichy, 1983).

From this point of view, the frequent failure of educational innovations stems from the cultural conflicts between teachers and the technocrats who design and lead the implementation of those innovations (Wolcott, 1977). The shift in focus among the perspectives is "from the innovation, to the innovation in context, to the context itself" (House, 1981:28) This book applies the cultural perspective to the study of planned educational change, for two reasons. First, although researchers have used all three perspectives to understand change over the last twenty years, the technical and political perspective predominate (Firestone and Corbett, 1987).

The new norm or belief then spreads to modify an entire set of beliefs. Historically, for example, new norms about who should be taughtfor example, all children rather than just those of the wealthyhave lead to changed beliefs about the nature of education, teaching, and subject matter that now undergird the comprehensive ideal of American secondary education. Often, however, the champions of such changes do not intend to instigate cultural change and may not have thought through the cultural implications of their actions.

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