The Myths of School Self-Renewal


reviewed by Barbara Bree Fischer - 1986

coverTitle: The Myths of School Self-Renewal
Author(s): David Gordon
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: 0807727555, Pages: , Year:
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The Myths of School Self-Renewal could easily have been titled “The Myths of School Renewal” or “Is Planned Educational Change Possible?” Israeli scholar David Gordon painstakingly analyzes the difficulties inherent in school change based on nondirective or self-renewal models, but he also discusses the characteristics of society, of schools, of change agents, and of their interaction in direct and authority-based intervention. He concludes that no currently operating model of school reform is effective. In arriving at this conclusion, Gordon includes information well known to those in the field of school renewal (e.g., that neophyte teachers quickly abandon approaches to teaching learned in preservice institutions and accept, and perform to the teaching norms of their peers). He draws on a wide array of fields other than educational thought and research, such as psychoanalysis, political science, jazz appreciation, and communication. Using metaphors and research findings from these fields, he engages in original ways... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 87 Number 3, 1986, p. 452-455
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 698, Date Accessed: 10/26/2020 8:20:46 AM

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