Psychological Theory and Educational Reform: How School Remakes Mind and Society (Hardback)
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Psychological Theory and Educational Reform: How School Remakes Mind and Society (Hardback)

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Hardback 358 Pages / Published: 16/06/2003
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For well over a century educational reformers have looked for a breakthrough in the sciences of psychology and pedagogy that would dramatically improve the effectiveness of schooling. This book shows why such an ambition is an illusion. Schools are institutions which attempt to balance the needs of a bureaucratic society that funds them with the personal goals, interests, hopes and ambitions of the students who enroll in them. Reform efforts attempt to realign that balance without any clear conception of how the two are related. This book offers a theoretical account of the relation between the minds of learners and the institutional structure of the school that would account both for the ways that schooling remakes minds and societies and why such institutions are resistant to change.

Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521825108
Number of pages: 358
Weight: 700 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 24 mm


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'David Olson's Psychological Theory and Educational Reform is a masterpiece.' Teachers College Record
"A masterpiece. Thought provoking and persuasive...Urban reformers, educational scholars, practitioners, and students will find Olson's erudite prose, rich illuminating examples, and careful organization of material compelling." Teachers College Record
"No review can fully do justice to the quality of Olson's psychological, historical, sociological, and educational echolarship and the power of the ideas contained within the pages of his volume. Although the book does not contain prescriptions or recipes for specific school changes (nor is it meant to), anyone serious about school reform (or the reform of any institution) should carefully read and consider this book." Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
"David Olson's Psychological Theory and Educational Reform is a masterpiece." Teachers College Record

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