The New Meaning of Educational Change, Fourth Edition

When Michael Fullan published the first edition of this seminal work in 1982, he revolutionized the theory and practice of education reform. Now, a quarter of a century later, his new fourth edition promises to be equally influential for radical reform in the 21st century. Capturing the dilemmas and leading ideas for successful large-scale systemic reform, Fullan bases his text on practical and fundamental work with education systems in several countries. The New Meaning of Educational Change is your definitive compendium to all aspects of the management of educational change-a powerful resource for everyone involved in school reform.

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    By B. Lack on May 20, 2015

    Educational Change in Concept Why the hell is it that the more things change, the more things seem to stay the same? Educational change expert Michael Fullan takes a crack at this proverbial school reform conundrum in the third edition of his book, The New Meaning of Educational Change. According to him, “Reform is not just putting into place the latest policy. It means changing the cultures of the classrooms, the schools, the districts, the universities, and so on. There is more to educational change than most people…

    By Mingchu Luo on May 20, 2015

    What is New in “The New Meaning of Educational Change”? The third edition of Fullen’s book – “The New Meaning of Educational Change” came out to the readers in 2001 ten years after its second edition was published. Its contents have been greatly enriched and “`the meaning hypothesis’ has become deeply confirmed.” The “knowledge base” of change in this book is broadened and deepened by applying the advances of cognitive science and the chaos theory. Based upon this, the conclusion is made that “working on `coherence’ is the key to dealing with the…

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