The Dark Side of School Reform directly engages some of the more difficult aspects of working as an educator in a public school. This book investigates what it means to teach, lead, and live during times of ongoing and intense change and offers insights which might help committed professionals better serve the needs of students as they seek to implement their own reforms in the ever-shifting organizations public schools have become. Features: * A qualitative case study that used a sociological conceptual framework to explore teachers' professional and personal lives as they implemented reform initiatives in a single public school over a two-year period * Important and specific problems associated with school reform efforts and offers practitioner-oriented solutions that may aid educators in their efforts to facilitate meaningful educational change. For teachers, school administrators, staff members, professors of education, graduate students, sociologists, and policymakers.
Jeffrey S. Brooks is assistant professor of educational leadership at Florida State University.
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Introduction: Exploring the Dark Side of School Reform Chapter 4 Theschooldayisfastandtheschoolyearisfaster! Chapter 5 Add Duties, Subtract Duties; Add Responsibility, Subtract Responsibility; Add Rigmarole, Subtract Rigmarole Chapter 6 Teaching as an Everyday Ambiguity: Who Is Doing What, Where, When, Why, and How? Chapter 7 The "Old Guard" versus the "New Way" Chapter 8 Snake Charmers in the Star Chamber Chapter 9 Strangers in a Strange School: Isolated Instructors, Divided Departments, Fractured Faculty Chapter 10 There's No "I" in the Word "School" Chapter 11 Distraction + Disorientation = Disaffection Chapter 12 Leading with Smoke and Mirrors: Of Misty Missions, Vague Values, and Floating Philosophies Chapter 13 Coda or Refrain? Reforming Again and Again and Again and Again... Chapter 14 Teaching in the Space between Reality and Utopia Chapter 15 Methodological Appendix