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Theories of action for effecting education reform


  • Chester E. Finn


While it is a considerable over-simplification, I have found it useful to think in terms of four theories of action that I believe dominate the education-reform arena today. I think that two of these theories have some promise. Two of them do not, but we will nevertheless surely continue to use them. In the real world, we commonly find more than one of these theories operating at the same time in a given place. It gets very complicated when you start mixing and matching and coming up with hybrids. On the other hand, that is the real world, and I think we are probably going to discover at the end of the day that a hybrid will work better than any one of these strategies taken alone.

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  • Chester E. Finn, 2002. "Theories of action for effecting education reform," Conference Series ; [Proceedings], Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, vol. 47(Jun), pages 291-294.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedbcp:y:2002:i:jun:p:291-294:n:47

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