Exploding the Myths of School Reform by David HopkinsExploding the Myths of School Reform by David Hopkins

Exploding the Myths of School Reform

byDavid Hopkins

Paperback | May 16, 2013

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In his latest educational exposé, internationally acclaimed author and scholar, Professor David Hopkins, places established and emerging ideas about effective school and system improvement under scrutiny. Exploding the Myths of School Reform confronts real-world challenges and perspectives from research, policy and practice, and draws on international benchmarking studies to support its objectives and claims.

With each of ten chapters addressing a perceptible fallacy - such as the myths that poverty determines performance, that achievement cannot be realised at scale, that innovation and networking always add value and that it is curriculum rather than learning that counts - this groundbreaking manifesto is set to provoke and persuade.

Through its carefully structured narrative highlighting areas of universal concern, the book presents a compelling approach to school reform, designed to enhance not only academic performance, but also the potential for students to learn. Teachers, school leaders, directors, policy makers and researchers—educationalists from across the board—will find the instructive frameworks and 'codas' for systemic change at all levels disarmingly simple to understand and apply. The same values and strategies that uphold social equity are shown to also promote quality in teaching, strong system leadership, regional capacity building and whole school design.

Replete with explanatory diagrams, Exploding the Myths of School Reform contributes with depth and precision to the contemporary debate about the direction of schools and school systems, the possibilities and issues most likely to be encountered by leaders today and tomorrow, and the means to instigate authentic and lasting reform.

David Hopkins is Emeritus Professor at the Institute of Education, University of London, and Director of Education for the Bright Tribe Trust.
Title:Exploding the Myths of School ReformFormat:PaperbackDimensions:8.31 × 5.91 × 0.83 inPublished:May 16, 2013Publisher:McGraw-Hill EducationLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0335263143

ISBN - 13:9780335263141


Table of Contents

Reader guide

The myth that achievement cannot be realised at scale for all students
The myth of school autonomy and the reality of change
The myth that poverty is a determinant of student and school performance
The myth that it is the curriculum rather than the learning that counts
The myth that teaching is either an art or a science
The myth that external accountability results in sustained school reform
The myth that innovation and networking always add value to school reform
The myth of the contribution of charismatic leadership to school reform
The myth that 'one size fits all' in implementing school reform
The myth that market forces drive educational excellence