Does the school improvement “industry” (organizations providing schools and governing agencies with information, training, materials, and programmatic resources relevant to instructional improvement problems) help or prevent deep and sound change?
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Like all big questions, the question of whether or not the school improvement industry promotes or impedes deep and sound change in education requires a complex answer. One reason this is the case is that the “industry” is not a monolithic entity. Rather, it is composed of many different types of organizations, each of which sells (or disseminates) different mixes of products and services germane to school improvement. As discussed in a paper published earlier in this journal (Rowan 2002), organizations in the school improvement industry range from contracted providers of direct instructional services (e.g., charter school management firms; supplemental instructional service providers), to textbook and test publishers providing materials basic to instruction, to staff development providers who attempt to improve teachers’ knowledge and practice, to various research and development organizations, advocacy groups, and professional and trade associations that seek to provide direction to...
KeywordsEducation Reform Educational Change Charter School Positive Force Sound Change
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