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The School Within Us: The Creation of an Innovative Public School

reviewed by Angela M. Eilers - 2001

coverTitle: The School Within Us: The Creation of an Innovative Public School
Author(s): James Nehring
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: , Pages: 234, Year: 1998
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In his book, The school within us: The creation of an innovative public school, James Nehring documents the developmental stages and implementation of an innovative high school within a pre-existing comprehensive suburban high school. In a journal-like format, the author takes the reader through the stages of imagining, brainstorming, implementing, and struggling to create the Bethlehem Laboratory High School of Delmar, New York. The book moves briskly, reporting in some detail the initial efforts of a group of Bethlehem elementary and secondary teachers and administrators who imagine a high school that incorporates notions of community and teacher control over curriculum. Influenced by the innovative work of scholars such as Mortimer Adler, Theodore Sizer, John Goodlad, Ernest Boyer and others, the author documents the group’s exploration of a vision of an ideal school. The book explains how the group, longing for a sense of community and driven by a desire to break free of curricular constraints put in place by the New York Regents, goes about creating the... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 103 Number 1, 2001, p. 85-87
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 10512, Date Accessed: 7/25/2021 8:51:04 AM

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  • Angela Eilers
    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    Angela M. Eilers is an assistant professor in educational organization and leadership at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Selected articles include: “Constructing a Culture of Community,” Journal of Research in Rural Education, vol. 10, 1994, pp. 89–96 and “A fine line between care and curiosity: Conducting qualitative research in other people’s neighborhoods,” Journal for a Just and Caring Education; Thousand Oaks; Apr 1999, volume 5, issue 2.
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