Beyond Educational Reform
For many years, education reform has been imposed on teachers in many parts of the world. Overload, burnout, demoralization, poor implementation and a rush for early retirement has been the result. This text discusses the need for positive educational change, with teachers in the vanguard of it, rather than making them its marginalized victims. The authors interpretation of positive educational change means strong emphases on professional development, ensuring that every school and department becomes a strong professional community; valuing, not vilifying educational research; putting teachers in charge of standards and change; giving schools more flexibility over curriculum and assessment, not less; and regarding our educational past as something to be built upon, not castigated and forgotten. The writers identify new doctrines for implentation in England, Australia, North America and Japan.
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"...an urgent read for all those concerned with the direction of education, and provides a glimmer of hope for the emergence of a strong, independent and self confident profession." - CPD Update "I liked this book; I read it with pleasure and indeed excitement in a single sitting." - Eera Bulletin "If schools still fund in-house professional sections in their school libraries, then this book certainly would be worth adding to those shelves" - Improving Schools "...enables teachers to describe and understand the policy process which they have been living through." - Educational Management & Administration "...excellent...a thought-provokingbook, and I can recommend it to anyone concerned with a better understanding of educational reform and the future role of the teaching profession in this." - British Journal of Educational Studies