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'A rare treat awaits the readers of the of the third edition of The New Meaning of Educational Change. Fullan's grasp of the complexities and subtleties of the change process is simply magnificent. Grace and wit accompany powerful insights and hopeful commentary about the unfinished agenda of educational reform.' --Paul J. Baker, Distinguished University Professor, Illinois State University, USA<br \><br \>'Everyone who strives to improve schools, and thus the life-chances of young people, especially those in the most complex and challenging contexts, will benefit immeasurably in exploring this thoughtful and powerful book.' Supplement (praise for the second edition). --David Green, University of Pennsylvania, USA 'A rigorous and lucid analysis...a highly perceptive account.'-Times Educational

'Everyone who strives to improve schools, and thus the life-chances of young people, especially those in the most complex and challenging contexts, will benefit immeasurably in exploring this thoughtful and powerful book.' Supplement (praise for the second edition). --David Green, University of Pennsylvania, USA 'A rigorous and lucid analysis...a highly perceptive account.'-Times Educational

'Everyone who strives to improve schools, and thus the life-chances of young people, especially those in the most complex and challenging contexts, will benefit immeasurably in exploring this thoughtful and powerful book.' Supplement (praise for the second edition). --David Green, University of Pennsylvania, USA 'A rigorous and lucid analysis...a highly perceptive account.'-Times Educational

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Michael Fullan is Special Education Adviser to the Premier of Ontario, and to the Minister of Education. He is Professor Emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Recognized as an international authority on educational reform, he is engaged in training, consulting, and evaluating change projects around the world. His books have been translated into many languages.
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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Teachers College Press; 4 edition (April 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807747653
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807747650
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Fullan is professor emeritus at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Recognized as an international authority on organizational change, he is engaged in training, consulting, and evaluating change projects around the world. He is the author of The Six Secrets of Change and the bestselling books Leading in a Culture of Change and Turnaround Leadership, all from Jossey-Bass.

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By B. Lack on August 7, 2006
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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 realize" (p. 7). Restructuring schools and education has been relatively simple, says Fullan; re-culturing them has not. For change to be substantive and long lasting, improving and strengthening relationships among various stakeholders is the key.

Fullan divides his book into three parts: understanding educational change; change at the local level; and change at the global level. In the first part, he distinguishes between subjective and objective meanings of educational change, but in an awkward manner. Drawing from Dan Lortie's work on the sociology of teaching, his main argument is that teaching is a lonely profession without a well-developed shared technical culture, which leads invariably to widespread uncertainty, fragmentation, and haphazardness--all impediments to educational change. He does not explicitly describe the differences or importance of either concept, but leaves the reader with the ultimate impression that three dimensions undergird the implementation of change: "the possible use of... new or revised materials... teaching approaches... and the alteration of beliefs" (p. 39). According to Fullan, most educational reforms are ephemeral or shallow because they have grossly overlooked the importance of the third dimension (beliefs), unsurprisingly.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mingchu Luo on April 15, 2002
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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 nonlinear fragmented demands of overloaded reform agendas". A variety of most recent research about educational innovations by Cohen, Elmore, Fullan, Hargreaves, Hatch, Oakes and other researchers are integrated into different chapters and themes. Some newly verified thoughts of educational change are also presented in the new book. For instance, "one of the keys to successful changes is the improvement of relationships-precisely the focus of group development," "you can turn around an elementary school in about 3 years, a high school in 6 years, and a school district (depending on size) in about 8 years."
The new edition maintains the key structure and context of its former editions. Part one is concerned with understanding the overview of educational change. Part two are designed to look at change at the local level. Part three deals with educational change at the regional and national levels. The book remains its focuses on understanding both the small and big pictures of change and maintains the theme of rendering complexity understandable and amendable to productive action. The author's in-depth insights about the contradictory and paradoxical nature of change and his illustrative and practical ideas about the procedures of change still greatly contributes to the values of the book.
If you want to equip yourself with the important, resourceful, and up-dated theory, research and practices about "what" and "how" of educational change, the third edition is your necessity.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "ed_from_california" on August 6, 2000
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This book is a must-read for anyone interested in school change and reform. Fullan has provided a comprehensive overview as well as a host of unique ideas. This was not intended to be a casual read. It is a serious reference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ray Barnes on March 16, 2013
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Fullan does an excellent job highlighting the challenges, process, and infrastructures that impact educational change. The fact that change may be needed and the process of effecting change may be effective, the end result or the effectiveness of the changes are not always good or productive. The text is pact with so much critical information related to change that it is a slow read. It requires a lot of reflection and internalizing.
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By M. Dove on October 16, 2012
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This book is an invaluable resource. Fullan's writing is superb--he knows his craft well and combines research and meaningful anecdotes with practical applications. A must read for anyone who is interested in the nuts-and-bolts of educational change and the factors that influence making it work.
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By Lifelong learner on August 25, 2014
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A great resource! Fullan knows about how to bring about change in any institution. The ideas are extremely applicable.
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By Zachary P Goldman on February 11, 2015
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One of the best books on change in education that is or ever was published.
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This was a book I had to buy for a class in education. It was a good read.
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