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Extending Educational Reform: From One School to Many

reviewed by Stephen Clements

coverTitle: Extending Educational Reform: From One School to Many
Author(s): Amanda Datnow, Lea Hubbard, and Hugh Mehan
Publisher: Routledge/Falmer, New York
ISBN: 0415240700, Pages: 179, Year: 2002
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Buried within the pages of Tyack and Cuban’s insightful essay collection entitled Tinkering Toward Utopia is the compelling notion that schools themselves change reforms, and are not simply malleable entities that adapt seamlessly to reforms imposed upon them from the outside.  In Extending Educational Reform:  From One School to Many, Amanda Datnow, Lea Hubbard, and Hugh Mehan explore the school and district level policy tug of war process that takes place as recently developed model school reform designs are imported into the context of specific schools.  To aid our understanding of this process, Datnow and her associates articulate a theoretical framework for understanding how reforms are “co-constructed,” or adapted by local educators for use in their own school.  Rather than viewing reform implementation difficulties as proceeding from technical or organizational challenges, the authors here aver that reform adaptation occurs through a complex interaction among structural constraints, cultural features, and personal agency in each school setting.  Accordingly, they argue, understanding the dynamics of conjoining an externally developed school reform design... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 105 Number 7, 2003, p. 1306-1311 ID Number: 11141, Date Accessed: 11/22/2018 6:17:27 AM

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