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Image of Excellence: The Ohio State University School


reviewed by Robert V. Bullough, Jr. 2002

coverTitle: Image of Excellence: The Ohio State University School
Author(s): Robert W. Butche
Publisher: Peter Lang Publishing, New York
ISBN: 0820449288 , Pages: 407, Year: 2000
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  The title of Robert Butche's book, Image of Excellence, is a bit misleading. While Butche has written a study of Ohio State’s remarkable University School, one of the six most experimental schools associated with the Eight-year Study (beginning 1932 or 1933, depending on who one reads) and arguably one of the premier American schools of the last century, it is most especially a study of the politics of American higher education over a forty year period. If one is looking for a study of the curriculum of the school, as Butche suggests, one needs to look elsewhere. Good places to look include the various editions of Harold Alberty’s Reorganizing the High School Curriculum (1947, 1953, 1962) and, for the early years of the School program, two volumes, the famous fifth volume of the Eight-year Study reports, Thirty Schools Tell Their Story (pp. 718-757) and Were We Guinea Pigs? which was written by the class of 1938. The story Butche chooses to tell is an important one,... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 104 Number 1, 2002, p. 137-141
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10733, Date Accessed: 12/16/2017 1:48:15 PM

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  • Robert Bullough, Jr.
    Brigham Young University
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    Robert V. Bullough, Jr. is Emeritus Professor of Educational Studies, University of Utah, and Professor of Teacher Education, Brigham Young University. His most recent books include Uncertain Lives: Children of Promise, Teachers of Hope (Teachers College Press, 2001) and with Andrew Gitlin, Becoming a Student of Teaching (Routledge, 2001).
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