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Review of Managing Complex Educational Change: Large-Scale Reorganisation of Schools


reviewed by Dan Butin ó 2003

coverTitle: Review of Managing Complex Educational Change: Large-Scale Reorganisation of Schools
Author(s): Mike Wallace and Keith Pocklington
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415200970, Pages: 240, Year: 2002
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To paraphrase the bumper sticker: Change Happens.† The question for all involved in organizational change is how to manage it. The effective management of change is a longstanding issue within organizational theory and practice.† It is an especially pressing topic when the change process is complex, multi-level, and spans diverse contexts such as geographic locale, culture, and time.† We have moved from positivist theories of being in total control to some contemporary pronouncements of surfing the postmodern waves of chaos theory.† The reality, as this book makes clear, lies somewhere stubbornly in the middle. Mike Wallace and Keith Pocklington take on the task of explicating how the management of highly complex change may occur within education.† Specifically, Wallace and Pocklington offer a highly nuanced and insightful analysis of the vast educational reorganization of British schools throughout the latter half of the 1990s.† Borrowing from complexity theory and Michael Fullanís seminal analyses of change (1993, 2001), Wallace and Pocklington provide important conceptual tools, detailed empirical case studies, and a needed... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 4, 2003, p. 617-620
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11057, Date Accessed: 12/12/2017 7:16:22 AM

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  • Dan Butin
    Gettysburg College
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    DAN W. BUTIN is an assistant professor of education at Gettysburg College. His research focuses on the intersections of critical multiculturalism, poststructuralist thought, and alternative pedagogical strategies. His current project investigates the potential of service learning to disrupt the norms of Whiteness in teacher education. His recent work has appeared in Educational Researcher and Educational Studies.
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