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Author Cohen, Rosetta Marantz.

Title Understanding how school change really happens : reform at Brookville High / Rosetta Marantz Cohen.

Published Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Corwin Press, [1995]


Physical description xi, 152 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 141-144) and index.
Summary Rosetta Cohen tells a singular story of one high school's struggle to remake itself. This is the story of the Quest Program, a teacher-designed experiment in curricular reform. The participants - teachers, administrators, students, parents, and college collaborators - worked together to create an alternative class of ninth graders with the goal of promoting critical thinking and high self-esteem simultaneously. Through participant observation and extensive interviews with all involved in the change effort, Cohen's book draws you into the complex daily intrigues of high school life, vividly illustrating the impact of change on an often resistant institution and community. She puts the change efforts in perspective, analyzing the roles and dilemmas of all of the central players - the same elements that pervade the change efforts of any school.
While Cohen illuminates the pitfalls you can expect when attempting reform, she also describes the successes that occurred during the 3 years of her study. Signs of progress included teachers feeling renewed and revitalized and students becoming more tolerant of one another. Cohen's observations and recommendations provide a guiding light for education faculty, change agents working with schools, central office administrators, site administrators, and teachers.
Subject School improvement programs -- Massachusetts -- Case studies.
High schools -- Massachusetts -- Administration -- Case studies.
Teaching teams -- Massachusetts -- Case studies.
Interdisciplinary approach in education -- Massachusetts -- Case studies.
ISBN 0803962541 (alk. paper)
080396255X (paperback: alk. paper)