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Psychological Theory and Educational Reform: How School Remakes Mind and Society


reviewed by Vivian Shulman — 2004

coverTitle: Psychological Theory and Educational Reform: How School Remakes Mind and Society
Author(s): David R. Olson
Publisher: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge
ISBN: 0521532116, Pages: 358, Year: 2003
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David Olson’s (2003) Psychological Theory and Educational Reform is a masterpiece.  Thought provoking and persuasive, it draws upon the disciplines of educational theory and psychology to address its central question: why, when we have made great advances in understanding how children learn and develop, has so little progress been made in educational reform?  In examining the disparity between our knowledge of personal development and the lack of its successful implementation in schools, Olson advances his main thesis: only by understanding the personal needs of the individual learner within the framework of the school as a bureaucratic institution can educational reform be successful. Olson’s objective is to move us to revise our notions about schooling and recognize that schools are the “conflictual space in which persons and institutions negotiate their goals and achievement” (p.10).                       Urban reformers, educational scholars, practitioners, and students will find Olson’s erudite prose, rich illuminating examples, and careful organization of material particularly compelling.  In its first section, the book sets the stage for the development of its message... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 5, 2004, p. 941-944
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11232, Date Accessed: 11/24/2017 10:55:43 PM

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