Clayton M. Christensen, Michael B. Horn, and Curtis W. Johnson: Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns

McGraw Hill, 2008, 238 pp., $32.95, ISBN: 978-0-07-1592062
  • Laurie E. CarmodyEmail author
Book Review

Many people have a vested interest in K-12 education. We consist of students, teachers, administrators, parents, and community members. Given the plethora of stakeholders in education, it is understandable that there are many conflicts around how K-12 education is organized, evaluated, and structured in America. Christensen, Horn, and Johnson address the school battleground in their book, Disrupting Class. They look at the topic through a unique lens—a business perspective utilizing disruptive innovation theory. Specifically, they analyze how disruptive innovations can move schools from a monolithic structure that inhibits student performance to an intrinsically motivating student-centric classroom. This gives the book a unique flavor that one may not find in other books addressing school reform and reorganization.

So what’s wrong with schools in the USA? The authors address some common complaints—schools are underfunded, there aren’t enough computers in the classroom, students aren’t...


Commercial System School Reform Private Tutoring Digital Equipment Corporation Advance Placement 
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© Association for Educational Communications and Technology 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Instructional Systems Technology DepartmentIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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