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The Culture of the School and the Problem of Change


reviewed by Ronald Gross 1972

coverTitle: The Culture of the School and the Problem of Change
Author(s): Seymour B. Sarason
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
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Professor Seymour B. Sarason of the Yale Psycho-Educational Clinic here attempts to understand the most baffling problem confronted by the current reform move­ment in American education: why, more often than not, does innovation fail? Hypotheses abound, of course, ranging from Jonathan Kozol's provocative insistence that reform is a fraud because the schools' real purpose is oppression, to Sidney Marland's assertion that our schools are the best that've ever been, except they could be even better. Sarason's convictions are more modest: that to ob­serve schools you have got to try to help them, to help them you have got to get them to change, and to get them to change you have got to see them as they really are. He begins by describing how the typical "change agent" from outside the school brings to his task an incomplete and fre­quently distorted view of the school's unique culture: the pressures, roles, and processes which shape the way in which school people act, day in, day out. He then... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 73 Number 3, 1972, p. 465-468
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1628, Date Accessed: 10/21/2017 4:43:17 AM

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