1st Edition

The Future of Educational Change International Perspectives

Edited By Ciaran Sugrue Copyright 2008
    252 Pages
    by Routledge

    250 Pages
    by Routledge

    This timely book provides a systematic overview and critique of contemporary approaches to educational change from some of the best-known writers and scholars in the field, including Andy Hargreaves, Larry Cuban, Ivor Goodson, Jeannie Oakes, Milbrey McLaughlin, Judyth Sachs and Ann Liebermann. 

    Divided into four sections, the book addresses the key themes:

    • What has been the impact of educational change?
    • How has the impact differed in different circumstances?
    • What are the new directions for research on policy and practice?
    • How can we link research, policy and practice?

    By highlighting critical lessons from the past, the book aims to set an agenda for policy-related research and the future trajectories of educational reforms, while also taking into account the dominant rhetorics of international ‘social movements’ and the ‘refracted’ nature of policy agenda at national and local levels.

    This book addresses issues which with many educators around the world are currently grappling. It will appeal to academics and researchers in the field, as well as providing an introduction to key issues and themes in Educational Change for graduates and practitioners.

    Section 1: Educational Change: For Better or For Worse?  1. Researching Change: The long and the short of it all  2. These may be good times: an argument that things are getting better  3. Towards a Single Hegemonic Model of Transfer of educational policy?  Section 2: Educational Change: Lessons from Home and Away  4. U.S. School Reforms & Classroom Practice: 1980s-2005   5. Community Organizing for Educational Change: Past Illusions & Future Possibilities  6. New Influences on Policy & Practice in Mature Educational Systems  Section 3: Educational Change: Finding New Directions?  7. The Exclusive Pursuit of Social Inclusion?  8. Research as a Tool for Democratizing Educational Policymaking  9. Repositioning and Revitalising City Schools: Who and What makes the difference?  Section 4: Educational Change: Linking Research, Policy & Practice  10. Implementation research in education: Lessons learned; new opportunities for research, policy and practice  11. Harnessing The Power of the Knowledge Society: Possibilities & Prospects for Education Policy & Teacher Practice  12. Learning to Lead: Teachers in the Forefront



    Ciaran Sugrue is Reader in Leadership and School Improvement in the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge.