In this new book, Seymour Sarason calls for a complete reconceptualization of preparatory programmes for educators. Sarason begins with the premise that if you want to change the education of students, you have to first change the education of their teachers. He compares this "primary prevention" approach to medical research on debilitating disease. Just because a cure or a solution is not right around the corner is no reason, he says, to abandon the research and efforts designed to help us arrive at a solution. Sarason's examination of issues of power in schools, higher education and governance reminds us once again that school reform is a complex problem with no quick fix solution.
``So many reformers talk about fundamental changes in schooling without understanding what such deep changes entail for children, teachers, and administrators. Seymour Sarason does. In his provocative, mind-bAnding, and passionate style, Sarason again argues against short-term repairs of schools. He seeks long-term prevention and he sees the lever, as John Goodlad did, in the preparation of teachers. Add this to your small library of wisdom about school reform.'' --Larry Cuban, professor of education, Stanford University.
1. A Litany of Inadequacies
2. Unused Personal Experience
3. Underestimating Complexity
4. Prevention and the Long-Term View
5. ``Second Best: Secondary Prevention''
6. When Medical Education was Anti-Educational
7. An Undergraduate Program for Liberal Arts Colleges
8. Again: Teaching Children, Not Subject Matter
9. Teaching Teachers and Teaching Children: Ignorance Assumed and Assets Unmined
10. Governance and Issues of Power
11. Governance and the Definition of Resources
12. Collegiality, Resources, and Governance
13. There are Two Subject Matters
14. Teachers and Administrators: Never the Twain Shall Meet
15. University Pecking Orders and Schools of Education