9780761945918

Overcoming Inertia in School Reform : How to Successfully Implement Change

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  • ISBN13:

    9780761945918

  • ISBN10:

    0761945911

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2002-03-12
  • Publisher: Corwin Pr
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Summary

This insightful guide features concrete steps and suggestions that shed new light on the obstacles to avoid, the problems to correct, and the methods to embrace in order to overcome inertia and foster positive educational reform.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
About the Author xiii
Part I: The Role of Inertia Theory in Education 1(50)
Inertia Theory in Education---Why Things Don't Change
3(16)
An Education-System Model
5(1)
Planned Educational Change
6(3)
When Is Change a Good Idea Rather Than a Bad Idea?
9(1)
Dimensions of Educational Change
10(6)
The Book's Structure
16(1)
Using the Book
17(2)
System Participants
19(32)
Educational Personnel
19(15)
Members of the External Support System
34(6)
Students
40(10)
Conclusion
50(1)
Discussion Topics
50(1)
Part II: The Teaching/Learning System 51(52)
Learning Objectives
53(10)
Objectives' Specificity
53(3)
Learner Suitability
56(2)
Social Acceptability
58(2)
Conclusion
60(1)
Discussion Topics
60(3)
Teaching Methods and Materials
63(22)
Teachers' Preparation
64(5)
Learners' Preparation
69(1)
Method Complexity
70(4)
Equipment/Supplies Availability
74(4)
Reasonable Expectations
78(2)
Time Constraints
80(3)
Conclusion
83(1)
Discussion Topics
83(2)
Evaluation Techniques
85(18)
Assessment Function
85(3)
Diagnostic Function
88(4)
Predictive Function
92(1)
Motivational Function
93(2)
Objectives Suitability
95(2)
Learner Suitability
97(2)
Conclusion
99(1)
Discussion Topics
100(3)
Part III: The Internal Support System 103(40)
Policy-Making
105(10)
Preparation
106(2)
Consistency
108(3)
Implementation
111(2)
Conclusion
113(1)
Discussion Topics
114(1)
Management
115(18)
Data Collection
115(3)
Authority and Control
118(5)
Leadership Consistency
123(1)
Communication
124(3)
Participation
127(4)
Conclusion
131(1)
Discussion Topics
131(2)
Services
133(10)
Bureaucratic Efficiency
134(2)
Critical Mass
136(2)
Cost/Benefit Ratio
138(3)
Conclusion
141(1)
Discussion Topics
141(2)
Part IV: The External Support System 143(52)
Cultural Traditions
145(16)
Language Usage
146(3)
Religious Convictions
149(2)
Moral Values
151(3)
Role Suitability
154(3)
Styles of Thought
157(3)
Conclusion
160(1)
Discussion Topics
160(1)
Political Forces
161(18)
Tradition
162(6)
Legality
168(9)
Conclusion
177(1)
Discussion Topics
178(1)
Economic Conditions
179(16)
A Society's Economic Strength
179(3)
Money Controllers' Preferences
182(5)
Competition for Funds
187(5)
Conclusion
192(1)
Discussion Topics
193(2)
Part V: A Practical Use for Inertia Theory 195(10)
Applying Inertia Theory to Education
197(8)
The Decision Steps
197(1)
A Simple Classroom Example
198(5)
Conclusion
203(1)
Discussion Topic
204(1)
References 205(6)
Index 211

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