1st Edition

Extending Educational Reform From One School to Many

By Amanda Datnow, Lea Hubbard, Hugh Mehan Copyright 2002
    344 Pages
    by Routledge

    192 Pages
    by Routledge

    In an effort to improve student achievement, thousands of US schools have adopted school reform models devised externally by universities and other organizations. Such models have been successful in improving individual schools or groups of schools, but what happens when educational reform attempts to extend from one school to many?

    Through qualitative data from several studies, this book explores what happens when school reform 'goes to scale'.

    Topics covered include:

    • why and how schools are adopting reforms
    • the influence of the local context and wider constraints on the implementation of reform
    • teachers and principals as change agents in schools
    • the evolution of reform design teams
    • the implementation, sustainability and expiration of reform, and its impact on educational change

    Each chapter concludes with guidelines for policy and practice. This book will be of interest to educational leaders and staff developers, educational researchers and policy makers, in the US and internationally.

    Chapter 1 Introduction; Chapter 2 How Does Reform Adoption Happen? The Role of Power, Politics, and Perspective; Chapter 3 Is all Change Local? How Context Shapes Implementation; Chapter 4 Change Agents in the School Reform Process; Chapter 5 Building the Plane While it’s Flying; Chapter 6 The Life of External Reform Models; Chapter 7 Prospects for Educational Change;


    Amanda Datnow is Assistant Professor in the Department of Theory and Policy Studies at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.

    Lea Hubbard is an Assistant Research Scientist in the Sociology Department the University of California, San Diego.

    Hugh Mehan is Professor of Sociology and Director of The Center for Research on Educational Equity, Access and Teaching Excellence at the University of California, San Diego.

    "A must for anyone interested in Educational Systems across the World." -- Fernand Gervais, Associate Dean, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Laval University & Vice-President, Teaching and Learning, Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences