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A geology of school reform : the successive restructurings of a school district
Brouillette, Liane, 1947-
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Publication Information:
Albany : State University of New York Press, [1996]

Physical Description:
xiii, 251 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.

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LB2806.35 .B76 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Provides a rare look at how successive waves of educational reforms have interacted within a single school district.

Author Notes

Liane Brouillette is Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Cultural Studies at the University of Houston.

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Highly readable, this book is the result of a two-year study of four decades of reform under three superintendents in the fictionally renamed suburban Cottonwood School District in a "Western state." Widely respected for its record of student achievement, innovation, and highly qualified teaching staff, while serving a highly diverse student population, the district has experienced striking successes as well as recurring frustrations since implementing site-based management in the early 1980s. The story of Cottonwood, where the challenges resemble those faced by large numbers of districts throughout the US, offers insight from both historical and political perspectives. Employing Seymour Sarason's studies of school change as her lens, Brouillette examines the data gathered from a stratified sample of more than 100 individuals in the Cottonwood School District and from an array of written resources. The study focuses not only on the district's efforts to implement shared decision making in an era of increasingly scarce resources and widening district diversity, but on the ways in which attitudes and procedures from earlier reforms affected acceptance of this newest restructuring effort. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. J. C. Baxter Northeastern Illinois University

Table of Contents

List of Tables
1 Introduction
2 Nowàand Then: A Change in Perspective
3 Back When All This Was Farmland: The Administration of Ed Larimer, 1953-1972
4 Management and Learning by Objectives: The Administration of Bill Davis, 1972-1982
5 Negotiating the Process of Reform: The Administration of Dave Roberts
6 Implementing the New Curriculum Framework: The Dynamics of Change
7 Differing Paths Taken under Site-Based Management: The Cottonwood High Schools
8 Shared Decision-Making at the District Level: Limitations Inherent in the Social Context
9 Differing Perspectives on the Purpose of Schooling