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Author Desmond, Cheryl Taylor, 1948-

Title Shaping the culture of schooling : the rise of outcome-based education / Cheryl Taylor Desmond.

Published Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, c1996.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bund  370.974775 DESM {Bund10 20110701}    AVAILABLE
Physical description xvi, 181 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Series SUNY series, education and culture
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 163-176) and index.
Summary Focusing on the cultural history of the origins of outcome-based education (OBE), this book investigates the social and economic culture of Johnson City, New York, schools. OBE has often been proclaimed the salvation for ailing American schools and has spread to thousands of school districts throughout the United States. The reform has also been the lightning rod for fierce challenges from community members who oppose ODE's dismantling of the bell-shaped curve and its promotion of secular humanism.
The author uncovers the messy business of school change and its deep roots in the values of the local community and economy. Grounding the story historically and theoretically, Desmond analyzes the reshaping of the Johnson City schools from a production mill for blue collar workers to a development center of technologically minded, middle-class, well-educated citizens. She argues that the heart of successful, synergistic school reform lies in the consensus that children have unlimited learning capacity and a long-term moral leadership that is committed to caring, reciprocal relationships of power.
Subject Competency based education -- New York (State) -- Johnson City -- History.
Community and school -- New York (State) -- Johnson City -- History.
School management and organization -- New York (State) -- Johnson City -- History.
ISBN 0791429555 (HC : alk. paper)
0791429563 (PB : alk. paper)