This book has its origins in the Queensland School Reform Longitudinal Study, which was carried out by a team of researchers funded by the Queensland State Department of Education. As authors of this book, we wish to acknowledge the members of the original research team who contributed to many of the ideas we have developed here. We also thank the University of Wisconsin team at the Center on Organization and Restructuring of Schools headed by Professor Fred M. Newmann for agreeing to the use of some survey and other research instruments in the Queensland research. We thank Education Queensland for funding and supporting the research, and we express particular gratitude to Merle Warry for keeping the study on track and maintaining a sense of humour throughout.
We would like to acknowledge and thank the hundreds of school-based educators who welcomed us into their classrooms and schools and spoke to us at length about their work during the three years in which we were involved in the research. Their social support for their students should also be recognised.
Thanks are due to those who have provided feedback on draft chapters, including Judy Archer, Dawn Butler, Ann King, Maralyn Parker and our anonymous reviewers. Thanks are also due to Sue Anderson for editorial assistance, to Alex Gammie for the use of her ecology task, to Stanley Wong for