From the reviews:
Testimonial 1 by Prof. Dale Mann (USA)
There is no one better positioned in the world to comment on the future of school reform than Professor Y.C. Cheng. His scholarly base in Hong Kong and China, his access to all the major school reforms literally in the world and the wide ranging quality of his analysis make this a must-read book for anyone concerned about doing better at school reform than we have managed in the last century.
Practitioners and pundits have always known that pedagogy is not enough to reform schools and neither is love of children. If that were the case, the world would be filled with quality schooling. But it is not. Dr. Cheng borrows from economics, politics, social and anthropology, information technology and leadership theories to create an ambitious and compelling case for new ways to do the work of school reform. (December 2005)
Dale Mann, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Columbia University, New York &
Managing Director, Interactive, Inc., Huntington, New York
Testimonial 2 by Prof. Brian Caldwell (Australia)
This is one of the most remarkable books to be published in the field of education in recent times. It spans more domains of educational research than a single text ever attempts, including leadership, policy, change, reform, learning, parents, futures, governance, effectiveness and more. The chapters are of two kinds, either conceptual or research. For the former, such as the presentation of the tri-level view of change in education (triplisation), we have a demonstration of arguably the educational world’s leading exponent of conceptualisation and model construction. In the research chapters, the reader has a compendium of his own studies, frequently in association with his graduate students. This is a breathtaking display of writing that links concepts and theories from different scholars of schools of thought, as well as his own research, to significant issues in policy and practice. (January 2006)
Brian J. Caldwell
Associate Director-Global, International Networking for Educational Transformation
Professorial Fellow, University of Melbourne
Former Dean, Faculty of Education, University of Melbourne