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The New Meaning Of Educational Change

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Over the last few decades there have been attempts at planned educational change. The benefits have not equalled the cost. Fullan distils from these experiences lessons about how to cope with, and influence, educational change.
Paperback, 338 pages
Published April 26th 2007 by Routledge (first published 1991)
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This book is a long, entailed description of the education system as a whole, with several explicit examples of how and where educational change fails and succeeds. The book feels much like a discussion in which Fullan lets the reader engage his thought process and assume the stance of a willing participant in the struggle for reform. He makes many powerful statements throughout the book, but the most profound idea, which I believe captures both the spirit and mechanics of change, is that effec ...more
Nov 20, 2008 Pam rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who are change agents.
Recommended to Pam by: my C & I 707 instructor
This books would be boring for most people. Since I'm in a class on curricular change, it was interesting (but not facinating) to me. I think I've decided that change is too difficult. There is too much inertia in the school system and I'm not very good a being a pioneer. Michael Fullan is certainly the head guru of change in education. I can't believe he's been studying this stuff for the past 20+ years!
I read "The Meaning of Education Change," and like a fool, I purchased "The New Meaning of Education Change" when I was at a conference. To sum it up, the "new" wasn't really different from the "first" book.

I liken Michael G. Fullan to John Grey (men are from mars...) due to their prolific output with something that always refers back to something in the original title. In Fullan's case, it would be "change."

1. Leading in a Culture of Change — published 2007
2. The Six Secrets of Change -- publ
Stan Golanka
Shows how difficult it is to change education (for the better).
This is DENSE reading material. Luckily my classmates and I are taking it chapter by chapter for discussion and explanation.
A lot of solid, useful material but too broad. It would have been better done as a handbook on Educational Change.
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