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The Predictable Failure of School Reform


reviewed by Milbrey W. McLaughlin & Joan E. Talbert - 1992

coverTitle: The Predictable Failure of School Reform
Author(s): Seymour B. Sarason
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 1555426239, Pages: , Year: 1993
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Seymour Samson wrote his influential 1971 book, The Culture of the School and the Problem of Change, as an exercise in prediction. He saw reformers as blatantly insensitive to the culture of the school and predicted that unless they recognized the need to involve and inform teachers at all stages of the change progress, “then whatever [reformers do] will be largely unproductive.“1 Two decades and three waves of reform later, Sarason’s forecast remains the same: Reforms will fail because policymakers and reformers continue to misunderstand the problem of change and the conditions necessary for success. Predictable Failure, like The Culture of the School, places teachers and their classrooms at the center of the problem of change and argues that unless they and their realities are taken into account, change policies and the hopes of reformers will amount to little. Reformers, Sarason argues, have only a superficial understanding of the complexities and... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 94 Number 2, 1992, p. 422-425
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 213, Date Accessed: 8/4/2020 4:56:13 PM

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