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Some Tools for the School Improvement Kit


reviewed by Robert L. Larson 1989

coverTitle: Some Tools for the School Improvement Kit
Author(s): Gene E. Hall, Shirley M. Hord
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 0887063470, Pages: 393, Year: 1987
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School improvement hinges on the will, competence, and commitment of principals and teachers. The instrumental role they play in changing schools continues to be a common theme in current literature1 just as it was a theme that emerged strongly in the early 1960s as the nation and educational establishment responded to the jolt of Sputnik.2 Therefore, principals and teachers are not lacking verbal and written affirmation that their work is critical to the future of education. Nor are they lacking ideas for improving the enterprise of schooling, as their desks are swamped with reports, studies, books, and articles that recommend, prescribe, or exhort change or by mandates that require it. As one of my in-service graduate students put it recently, “My cup is full. I wish that someone would turn off the spigot for awhile so I could think about what I’m doing and how to do it better.” Given the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 91 Number 1, 1989, p. 107-114
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 440, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 5:27:44 PM

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