It's deja vu all over again : the failure of educational reform in Reagan's America

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Penny Smith (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Dale L. Brubaker

Abstract: One constant in our history of the past century has been complaints about the quality of schooling students receive in K-12 public education institutions. The complaints themselves are remarkably similar, be they made in 1900 or in 1988, although the intensity of those complaints has increased significantly in recent years. The solutions designed to address them are likewise similar, although the disparity between what we hope those solutions will do and what actually happens has grown increasingly large. Applying a theoretical framework derived from Thomas Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions and sociology of knowledge research, the author demonstrates that the persistent resistance of educational problems to reform efforts is related to the characteristics of the institution itself. The current construct of schooling, based on an industrial, bureaucratic model, reflects most of the social expectations set for schools during the late nineteenth century. That construct or paradigm dictates the parameters within which discussions about the nature of schooling, the activities related to teaching and learning, and efforts at reform are conducted.

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Language: English
Date: 1991
Educational change
Educational innovations
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