The Culture of the School and the Problem of Change

The Culture of the School and the Problem of Change

The Culture of the School and the Problem of Change

The Culture of the School and the Problem of Change

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The ten years I spent planning and directing the Yale PsychoEducational Clinic was the most exciting, interesting, and instructive period of my life. Whatever contributions this clinic has made are in large measure due to a group of staff colleagues, each of whom played a unique role in my own development as well as that of the clinic. In different ways some part of them and their work is in this book. It is with great pleasure that I note my thanks and debt to the late Dennis Cherlin, Ira Goldenberg, Frances Kaplan, Kate McGraw, and Dick Reppucci. As for Esther Sarason, Murray Levine, and Anita Miller, the dedication speaks for itself. I am quite aware that the many graduate students and interns who worked at the Clinic from Yale and elsewhere were a remarkable group, intellectually and personally. They kept us going and on our toes. This past decade has taught me well that indeed life is with people.

In writing a book I have always found it helpful and necessary early in the process to decide what I was not going to include. This was a particularly difficult decision to make with this book, as one might expect when one is writing about schools. I finally decided that it would be best for me and the reader to give priority to an attempt to make sense out of what I have experienced in schools. Although this has narrowed the scope of the book in terms of problems and literature that are covered, I hope that what I do describe and discuss will be helpful to future, more ambitious attempts to understand the culture of the school and the problem of change.

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