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Stability and Change

Innovation in an Educational Context

  • Sheila Rosenblum
  • Karen Seashore Louis

Part of the Environment, Development, and Public Policy book series (CIPS)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Sheila Rosenblum, Karen Seashore Louis
    Pages 1-19
  3. Sheila Rosenblum, Karen Seashore Louis
    Pages 21-47
  4. Sheila Rosenblum, Karen Seashore Louis
    Pages 49-65
  5. Sheila Rosenblum, Karen Seashore Louis
    Pages 67-94
  6. Sheila Rosenblum, Karen Seashore Louis
    Pages 95-125
  7. Sheila Rosenblum, Karen Seashore Louis
    Pages 127-152
  8. Sheila Rosenblum, Karen Seashore Louis
    Pages 153-193
  9. Sheila Rosenblum, Karen Seashore Louis
    Pages 195-220
  10. Sheila Rosenblum, Karen Seashore Louis
    Pages 221-247
  11. Sheila Rosenblum, Karen Seashore Louis
    Pages 249-278
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 279-352

About this book

Introduction

Nearly a century ago, Emile Durkheim founded the sociology of educa­ tion on the French cultural and structural premise that the function of educators is to transmit culture from one generation to the next. The clarity of his vision was aided by the era, the place, and the actors in the learning environment. His was an era when the relatively seamless web of western culture, although ripping and straining, was still intact. The place, post-Napoleonic France, was vertically stratified and elaborately structured. And the teachers had reason to think they were agents of authority, whereas most students, during school hours at least, behaved as if they were the objects of that authority. Underlying the very notion of a sociology of education, then, was a visible and pervasive aura of a system and order that was culturally prescribed. Scholars of American education have yearned for such systems before and since Durkheim. Every European and English model has been emulated in a more or less winsome manner, from the Boston Latin School of the 1700s to the Open Education programs of the 1960s. In the last quarter century of research, it has begun to dawn on us, however, that no matter how hard American educators try, they do not build a system.

Keywords

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Authors and affiliations

  • Sheila Rosenblum
    • 1
  • Karen Seashore Louis
    • 1
  1. 1.CambridgeUSA

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