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Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice: Change Without Reform in American Education

Larry Cuban
Format
Book
Published
Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard Education Press, [2013]
Language
English
ISBN
9781612505565, 1612505562
Summary
"Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice takes as its starting point a strikingly blunt question: "With so many major structural changes in U.S. public schools over the past century, why have classroom practices been largely stable, with a modest blending of new and old teaching practices, leaving contemporary classroom lessons familiar to earlier generations of school-goers?" It is a question that ought to be of paramount interest to all who are interested in school reform in the United States. It is also a question that comes naturally to Larry Cuban, whose much-admired books have focused on various aspects of school reform--their promises, wrong turns, partial successes, and troubling failures. In this book, he returns to this territory, but trains his focus on the still baffling fact that policy reforms--no matter how ambitious or determined--have generally had little effect on classroom conduct and practice." -- Publisher's website.
Contents
  • Engineering structures to reform classroom teaching. Restructuring Las Montanas and technology, 1976-2010
  • Restructuring the science curriculum, 1890s-2011
  • How and why test-driven accountability influenced teaching practice
  • Changes in medical practice and classroom teaching. Structural changes and the reform of medical practice
  • Structural changes and reforming teaching practices
  • Unlocking the black box of the classroom. Why so many structural changes in schools and so little reform in teaching practice?
Description
x, 243 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references (pages 189-227) and index.
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