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ISBN 9781138641396
Published November 25, 2015 by Routledge
312 Pages

 
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The book that revolutionized the theory and practice of educational change is now in its Fifth Edition! Michael Fullan’s The New Meaning of Educational Change is the definitive textbook on the study of educational change. Based on practical and fundamental work with education systems in several countries, the text captured the dilemmas and leading ideas for successful large-scale systemic reform. This updated edition includes decision-makers at all levels—from the local school community to the state and national level—and introduces many new and powerful ideas for formulating strategies and implementing solutions that will improve educational systems.

Widely used by university professors, policymakers, and practitioners throughout North America and in many other countries, this perennial bestseller shows us how to:

  • Develop collaborative cultures at the school level, while avoiding superficial versions of professional learning communities. 
  • Foster district-wide success in all schools, illustrating how state and national systems can achieve total system transformation based on identifying and fostering meaning for educators at every level. 
  • Integrate individual and systemic success, a rare feat in today’s school reform efforts. 

The New Meaning of Educational Change, Fifth Edition is your comprehensive textbook on all aspects of the management of educational change—a powerful resource for everyone involved in school reform.

Table of Contents

Preface

 

PART I: UNDERSTANDING EDUCATIONAL CHANGE

 

1. A Brief History of Educational Change

The First Attempt Falls Flat

The Plan of the Book

Prospects for Reform

 

2. The Meaning of Educational Change The General Problem of the Meaning of Change

The Subjective Meaning of Educational Change

The Objective Reality of Educational Change

Shared Meaning and Program Coherence

 

3. Insights into the Change Process

The Wrong Drivers

The Elements of Successful Change

Final Comments

 

4. Initiation, Implementation, and Continuation

Traditional Model of the Change Process: An Overview

Factors Affecting Initiation

Factors Affecting Implementation

Factors Affecting Continuation

Lean Startup Model

Contents

 

5. Planning, Doing, and Coping with Change

Why Planning Fails

Repositioning Planning

Coping with Change

 

PART II: EDUCATIONAL CHANGE AT THE LOCAL LEVEL

 

6. The Teacher

Where Teachers Are

Enter Change

The Professional Capital of Teachers

 

7. The Principal

Where Principals Are

The Principal as Lead Learner

 

8. The Student

Where Students Are

The Student and Change

 

9. The Parent and the Community

The Difficulties of Parent Involvement in Schools

School Boards and Communities

Implications

 

10. The District Administrator

Where District Administrators Are

The District Administrator and Change

New Glimmers of Continuous Improvement

Leadership from the Middle

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PART III: EDUCATIONAL CHANGE AT THE REGIONAL AND NATIONAL LEVELS

 

11. Governments

The Role of Governments in Large-Scale School Reform

Whole-System Improvement

What’s Next?

 

12. The Teaching Profession and Its Leaders

Continuous Learning and Internal Accountability

Standards and External Accountability

Preparation and Career Patterns of Teachers

Putting It All Together

The Role of Leadership

 

13. The Future of Educational Change

References

 

Index

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