The Human Side of School Change: Reform, Resistance, and the Real-Life Problems of Innovation

The Human Side of School Change Reform Resistance and the Real Life Problems of Innovation In this insightful look at school reform Robert Evans examines the real life hurdles to implementing innovation and explains how the best intended efforts can be stalled by educators who too often fe

  • Title: The Human Side of School Change: Reform, Resistance, and the Real-Life Problems of Innovation
  • Author: Robert Evans
  • ISBN: 9780787956110
  • Page: 111
  • Format: Paperback
  • In this insightful look at school reform, Robert Evans examines the real life hurdles to implementing innovation and explains how the best intended efforts can be stalled by educators who too often feel burdened and conflicted by the change process He provides a new model of leadership along with practical management strategies for building a framework of cooperation betwIn this insightful look at school reform, Robert Evans examines the real life hurdles to implementing innovation and explains how the best intended efforts can be stalled by educators who too often feel burdened and conflicted by the change process He provides a new model of leadership along with practical management strategies for building a framework of cooperation between leaders of change and the people they depend upon to implement it.

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    1. I heard Dr. Evans speak, then had to read the book. I don't normally give books five stars, but there were so many "aha moments" in here, and so many ideas I felt I needed to share and let percolate in my brain. It took me four and a half months to read, but it was worth it for my next however many years I have in education. Here are all of my thoughts and notes, in three blog posts starting with this one: geniushour/2017/

    2. Evans, R. (2001). The human side of school change: Reform, resistance, and the real-life problems of innovations. San Francisco CA: Jossey-Bass.Text Purpose:The Human Side of School Change: Reform Resistance and the Real-life Problems of Innovation by Robert Evans Ed.D. gives a pragmatic and robust assessment of how leaders can recognize the human potential within organizations to make strategic and systematic changes to the education system in a new era of demands and challenges made on educato [...]

    3. The author takes issue with all the “quick-fix” ideas about changing organizations, especially schools. He argues that programs that urge instant reform ignore human nature and are doomed to fail. Evans posits that human nature being what it is, resistance to change and entrenchment in old values, even those that are demonstrably inefficient, is perfectly natural. Even more, this resistance is a necessary part of any change, as individuals need time to reexamine their culture’s values and [...]

    4. This is a thoughtful, intelligent book for anyone interested in education reform in theory or practice, or who is directly involved with a school that is undergoing change. While some of it pertains to universal aspects of human nature, many passages explained very well the unique challenges of implementing change in a school setting. The book brings home how easy it is for people outside the profession to make pronouncements about what "should" happen in school settings without fully understand [...]

    5. Robert Evans examines the human side of school reform from a conceptual framework for understanding the process of change, the effects of change on educators as humans, and the craft of leadership. Evans suggests that large and complex innovations require of individuals greater quantity and quality of change producing greater potential, but being more difficult to implement. The emphasis is to pay attention to the lived realities of the educators who must make the change.

    6. You know, I didn't love this book. I found it a bit dry and very redundant. But when I heard Rob Evans speak, I found him very helpful, with concrete and constructive ideas. One day I may reattempt this book, but at the moment, I'd recommend you spend your money on a Professional Development opportunity with the author.

    7. This is one of the best books I have ever read on change theory. Uses a systems approach which is an approach I use a lot in family therapy. I'll be leading a retreat for administrators later in the summer with this book as the basis.

    8. So helpful in understanding that people don't resist change because they are stubborn or contrary or stupid. They resist change because they are human.

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