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The Struggle for Change

The Story of One School, 1st Edition

By M. F. Wideen


198 pages

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Originally published in 1994. The story of Hansel and Gretel is familiar to many people. Most believe that the witch was wicked. But has this issue ever been seriously challenged? In the Introduction to this book, Marvin Wideen describes the day he saw this well-known fairy story being taught and through it draws us along a path of education reform in Lakeview School, British Columbia, and shows how, by this process of reform, the school changed from within. He considers the ideology supporting educational change, what change means to those who undertake it, and how the experience relates to the larger social and political context. The book effectively demonstrates that change will always create anxiety; needs careful and sensitive implementation, and occurs in isolation or as a result of activity within a larger context.

Table of Contents

Preface 1. Introduction 2. The Background Context: Promises and Problems 3. The Story of One School 4. The Substance of the Change 5. The People who Tried to Change what they Taught 6. The Unit of Change 7. Factors at Work 8. Reflections and Implications. Bibliography. Appendix A: One Student’s Story. Appendix B: Events, Changes and Influences Involved in the Project at Lakeview School. Appendix C: Report of Wendy Strachan. Appendix D: Notes on the Methodology

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Education Management

Reissuing works originally published between 1975 and 1997, this collection includes books covering all aspect of managing schools, from primary to further education. With an international selection of authors, some volumes present case studies while others address wider areas of concern in the management of educational institutions. Individual volumes concern special schools and specific types such as the grant-maintained system in the UK. Topics cross over from finance to staff development to politics and governance to innovation. This is an excellent varied set for any education management bookself.

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