Annotated Bibliography of Resources for Educational Reform, Coherent Teaching Practice, and Improved Student Learning

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  • O'Neil, J. (1995). Our schools as learning organizations: A conversation with Peter Senge. Educational Leadership, 52 (7), 20-23.

John O'Neil interviewed Peter Senge, questioning him about the application of his ideas about "learning organizations" to educational environments. Senge promotes the concept that a true learning organization must involve educators from all levels of the system in collaborative efforts. He feels that educators can and should continually assess and improve curriculum and programs to meet the needs of the students, and therefore the society. He cautions against the continuation of the present system which causes most teachers to feel weighted down by rules, guidelines, and deadlines. Additionally, he feels that adult educational practices compound current educational problems by not encouraging teachers to reach for collective learning. To combat this problem, districts should diffuse the power within the system and create ways for educators at all levels to bring about change.

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