Using a combination of participant observation and interviews with teachers, parents and students, Rosetta Marantz Cohen explores a high school's efforts in the United States to implement broad-based curricular change. The book vividly illustrates the impact of change on an often resistant institution. From her observations, Cohen draws up a series of recommendations for those considering embarking on similar site-based reform initiatives.
PART ONE: THE STORY OF QUEST
Understanding a School's Historical Context
Planning for Change
The Trials of Implementation
PART TWO: REFORM IN PERSPECTIVE
Players in Reform
Understanding the Nature of School Change