Overcoming Inertia in School Reform: How to Successfully Implement Change

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Corwin Press, Mar 5, 2002 - Education - 217 pages
R Murray Thomas uses inertia theory to describe how educational reform efforts work or don′t work in schools.He also uses case studies of reform efforts to illustrate the five themes that emerge from applying inertia to education.The examples are of situations common to most educational settings.The lessons from each example can be applied to a wide range of settings to help educators avoid the pitfalls common to reform efforts.It′s a quick and easy read that can be absorbed all at once, or can be used as a reference for specific case studies that apply to each educator′s need.
 

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Contents

System Participants
19
The TeachingLearning System
51
Evaluation Techniques
85
The Internal Support System
103
Management
115
Services
133
The External Support System
143
Political Forces
161
Economic Conditions
179
A Practical Use for Inertia Theory
195
References
205
Index
211
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R. Murray Thomas (Ph.D., Stanford University) is an emeritus professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where for three decades he taught educational psychology and directed the program in international education. He began his 50-year career in education as a high school teacher at Kamehameha Schools and Mid-Pacific Institute in Honolulu, then continued at the college level at San Francisco State University, the State University of New York (Brockport), and Pajajaran University in Indonesia before moving to Santa Barbara. His professional publications exceed 340, including 46 books for which he served as author, coauthor, or editor.

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