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School Improvement through a Cultural Lens

reviewed by Robert L. Larson - 1984

coverTitle: School Improvement through a Cultural Lens
Author(s): Seymour B. Sarason
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: 0205077005, Pages: , Year:
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Could it be any surprise that I should end this review by saying that this book is an absolute “must” for anyone seriously concerned about education? That includes parents, students, teachers, teachers of teachers, principals, superintendents, members of boards of education, university trustees, and college professors. On this book one can begin to build both theory and practice.1 This assertion concluded a review of the first edition of the The Culture of the School and the Problem of Change. On completing a reading of the second edition, I concur with the sentiments. Sarason ought to be read by all policymakers, practitioners, and professors concerned with the art and science of school improvement. Unfortunately, the track record of change agents in the decade since the book was first published indicates that they are more inclined to repeat history than to learn from it. Findings from the Rand studies of Federal Programs Supporting... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 85 Number 4, 1984, p. 670-676
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 901, Date Accessed: 6/1/2020 2:15:57 AM

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  • Robert Larson
    University of Vermont, Burlington
    ROBERT L. LARSON is associate professor of administration and planning at the College of Education and Social Services, The University of Vermont. His research interests have focused on change processes in school improvement efforts with an emphasis on the socio-psychological dimensions of organizational innovation.
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