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Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns


reviewed by Gary Natriello — January 15, 2009

coverTitle: Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns
Author(s): Clayton M. Christensen, Michael B. Horn, and Curtis W. Johnson
Publisher: McGraw-Hill, New York
ISBN: 0071592067, Pages: 288, Year: 2008
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There has been no shortage of attempts to apply business approaches to solve the problems of the education sector in recent years. Nonetheless, for those educators, educational policy makers, and educational researchers who have grown tired of the parade of solutions marching forth from the business community, Christensen, Horn, and Johnson’s examination of the problems confronting contemporary educational systems and some possible solutions will prove both refreshing and provocative. Refreshing because unlike most advice from the business community that calls for greater standardization, direction, and control over the educational enterprise, Christensen, Horn, and Johnson draw on earlier work on innovation in organizations as they call for a transformation of schooling aimed at making school more intrinsically motivating by adopting a student-centric approach based on customization to address the needs of each individual student. Provocative because the implications of their analysis lead them to predict that computer-based learning applications responsive to... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: January 15, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15485, Date Accessed: 12/13/2017 3:57:36 PM

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  • Gary Natriello
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    GARY NATRIELLO is the Ruth L. Gottesman Professor of Educational Research and Professor of Sociology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. His research interests concern the organization of learning and schooling in the post-industrial era. Recent papers include “Imagining, seeking, inventing: The future of learning and emerging discovery networks” in Learning Inquiry.
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