Change Forces: Probing the Depths of Educational Reform

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Routledge, 1993 - Education - 162 pages
Knowledge of the processes of educational change is said to be the missing ingredient in attempts to bring about educational innovation and reform. Whether these efforts involve grass roots innovation or large-scale societal reform, failure to understand and act on existing knowledge of the change process has accounted for the widespread lack of success in making educational improvements. This volume analyzes what is known about successful or productive change processes, and identifies corresponding action strategies at the individual, school, local and state levels. Included in this book is a major treatment of the topic of the 'ethics of planned change', a neglected topic in recent literature, especially since strategies for intervening in the change process are receiving more attention. This book is intended to be used by teachers in training and in service, teacher trainers, educational researchers, education historians and administrators.
 

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Contents

Chapter 1 The Problem and the Potential of Educational Change
1
Chapter 2 Moral Purpose and Change Agentry
8
Chapter 3 The Complexity of the Change Process
19
Chapter 4 The School as a Learning Organization
42
Chapter 5 The Learning Organization and its Environment
84
Societys Missed Opportunity
104
Chapter 7 The Individual and the Learning Society
135
References
148
Index
157
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Michael Fullan, Michael Fullan is the Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto. He is an international authority on educational change and reform and has participated in many partnerships to bring about educational improvements. He is a researcher, consultant, trainer and policy advisor for multiple educational reform projects. He is the author of "The Changes Forces" trilogy, "The New Meaning of Educational Change, Third Edition." In 1993, Fullan was awarded the Colonel Watson Award for Outstanding Leadership from the Ontario Association of Curriculum Development. He was also appointed Policy Implementation Advisor to the Ministry of Education and Training. From that position, he earned the "Contribution to Staff Development Award" from the National Staff Development Council in 1995.

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