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The Global Fourth Way

The Quest for Educational Excellence

The authors focus on the real-life, nitty-gritty challenges that change leaders face and how to put Fourth Way principles to work promoting student learning and achievement.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781412987868
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2012
  • Page Count: 256
  • Publication date: September 14, 2012

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Learn from global lessons of successful educational change!

Deep and lasting educational reform doesn't happen overnight, even in this fast and flexible 21st century. This example-packed sequel to The Fourth Way draws upon inspiring examples unearthed by brand new research to challenge educational leaders, teachers, and policy makers to put proven strategies to work promoting student learning and achievement and the high quality teaching that drives it. With striking success stories from diverse systems around the world, Andy Hargreaves and Dennis Shirley present a bold new vision for education aimed at:

  • Focusing on the real-life, nitty-gritty challenges facing change leaders on a global scale
  • Anticipating stumbling blocks to enacting best principles and practices
  • Developing and implementing a dynamic and coherent plan of action and culture of determination to overcome challenges to lasting change

Key features

  • Goes beyond how a district, school or policy shift has made a difference in bringing about change and illustrates the action steps needed to create a new way that is based on research and global successes
  • Written for school principals, staff developers, district consultants, teachers and pre-service educators
  • Provides established practice and clear guidelines for implementation with many examples, detailed cases and a summative chapter 10


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Andy Hargreaves

Andy Hargreaves is a research professor at Boston College and a visiting professor at the University of Ottawa. He is an elected member of the U.S. National Academy of Education. He is past president of the International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement, adviser in education to the first minister of Scotland, and former adviser to the premier of Ontario. Andy is cofounder and president of the ARC Education Project: a group of nations committed to humanistic goals in education. Andy’s more than 30 books have attracted 8 Outstanding Writing Awards. He has been honored for services to public education and educational research in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Andy is ranked by Education Week among the top 20 scholars with most influence on U.S. education policy debate. In 2015, Boston College gave him its Excellence in Teaching With Technology Award. Andy’s most recent book is Leadership From the Middle: The Beating Heart of Educational Transformation.

The Age of Identity is the fifth book that Dennis and Andy have written together.
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Dennis Shirley

Dennis Shirley is Gabelli Faculty Fellow and Professor of Formative Education at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College. He has led and advised many educational change initiatives. He was the principal investigator of the Massachusetts Coalition for Teacher Quality and Student Achievement, a federally funded improvement network that united 18 urban schools, 7 higher education institutions, and 16 community-based organizations. He has conducted in-depth studies on school innovations in England, Germany, Canada, and South Korea. Dennis has been a visiting professor at Harvard University in the United States, at Venice International University in Italy, at the National Institute of Education in Singapore, at the University of Barcelona in Spain, and the University of Stavanger in Norway. He is a Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin, Germany. Dennis holds a doctorate in education from Harvard University.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



About the Authors

1. The Crisis of Educational Change

2. The Paradox of Innovation and Improvement

3. Finland: Professionalism, Participation, and Persistence

4. Singapore: Innovation, Communication, and Paradox

With Pak Tee Ng

5. Alberta: Innovation With Improvement

6. Ontario: Inclusion, Interaction, and Local Diversity

With Henry Braun

7. England: Inspiration, Responsiveness, and Sustainability

8. California: Professional Organizing for Public Good

9. Pointers for Practice: The Global Fourth Way in Action





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