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Schools That Learn: A Fifth Discipline Fieldbook for Educators, Parents, and Everyone Who Cares about Education Paperback – Sep 2000

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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Business; 1 edition (Sept. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385493231
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385493239
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 3.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,427,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Advance Acclaim for Schools That Learn: "Today, more than ever, all the forces within society must join together to prepare our children to meet the challenges of our rapidly changing world. Schools That Learn is an important resource for all those wanting to tackle the challenge of integrating family, school, faith community, and policymakers into one coalition on behalf of children." --Dr. James P. Comer, Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry, Yale Child Study Center, Associate Dean, Yale School of Medicine "I don't know of a country that is happy with its educational system. That is because most schools are crafted for the mass production ethic of industrial society. Changing this obsolete state of affairs is the best investment that a government or community can make. This book can help; it shows how schools can reorient themselves to emphasize humanity, adventure, entrepreneurship, leadership, teamwork, problem-solving, and experimentation, instead of rote learning."--Kenichi Ohmae, author of The Mind of the Strategist and The Invisible Continent "I plan to read long passages to my daughter. Whenever I think about the world in which she (and her children) will grow up, the educational system seems to be the locus of both hope and despair. Reading this book is like opening the curtains and letting in rays of hope, illuminating an entire, systemic, detailed map for change."--Howard Rheingold, author, The Virtual Community What Educators and Students Say About How Our Schools Work "It took us three years to define the standards we expected of students, because we engaged the community from the beginning. It mattered to us that [the people ofMemphis] own the standards."--1999 U.S. Superintendent of the Year Gerry House "Ordinarily, teachers are taught to work as individuals, so staff development has to help them learn to work together. And it needs to be an ongoing process, with enough time to learn new ways of teaching, to develop esprit de corps, and to unlearn old habits."--Ed Joyner, executive director of the Yale School Development Program "We work harder than kids in other schools. But we have more fun doing it. All the kids have different rates of learning, so the teachers keep up different rates of training."--Students at a "five disciplines" -oriented middle school in Chelmsford, Massachusetts --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Since the Fifth Discipline principles were defined they have been used by many educators. Now Peter Senge and the Fifth Discipline team have produced Schools that Learn, focusing specifically on schools and education, which can help reclaim schools even in the most depressed or ill-mananged districts. This book brings together practices which are being used in the real world as schools attempt to learn, grow and reinvent themselves using learning organisation principles, and features numerous case studies from prominent educators. In a fast-changing world where school violence is not uncommon, the value of standardised tests is questioned, rapid advances in science and technology threaten to leave students woefully unprepared, and increased pressures cause many teachers to burn out long before retirement age, Schools that Learn offers a much-needed foundation for the dialogue about the future of educating children. Schools that Learn offers a wealth of practical tools, anecdotes and advice which parents and educators can use to make schools better. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Oct. 2000
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Peter Senge has built upon his thesis of learning organisations to offer school leaders an insight into how the eduactional world might be inspired to improve through the application of his methods. This is a thought provoking book: schools exist to promote learning but, argue the authors, need help in learning themselves. The book is successful in assisting those working in our schools make sense of organisational learning and tackles some of the key ideas being discussed in headteacher training and development right now. How do you decide what your core purposes are, how can you get consistent commitment to core principles, how can governors be involved in whole school learning? Powerfully, this book brings home what successful school managers have known all along: there is scope for developing intelligent organisations with a clarity of focus and strength of vision to transform the day to day transactions between pupils and teachers and boost the learning and achievement of the whole school community.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Abbas Husain, Director TDC, on 7 Sept. 2002
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Peter Senge's team deserves a hearty compliment for making the point in this book at last that if schools do not become places where we can learn, where the teachers demonstrate learning itself before the children, they cannot possibly expect the students to want to keep learning after school. I have used the ideas for training teachers and school administrators in Pakistan and have found a great resonance in all participants.
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
Oh, Mr. Kotter! 17 Sept. 2000
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Whether we experienced our student life as "sweat hogs" or not, each of us have tales to tell of being forced to learn in spite of the schools we attended instead of because of them. If we counted how many "good" schools or teachers we experienced over our lifetimes, we could probably count them on one hand (or finger!). For an institution that plays such a significant part in our development, this is a terrible performance record.
With SCHOOLS THAT LEARN, Peter Senge (et al) legitimize the fieldbook format as an extremely effective teaching tool. Chocked full of examples, tools, theory, tips and traps to avoid, SCHOOLS THAT LEARN outlines an effective strategy for creating a powerful alliance between learners, schools, and communities. His is a call to action that must be heeded.
Readers will be informed, challenged to get involved, inspired, troubled, and made to see how important an issue lifelong learning is. Rather than seeking to place blame, SCHOOLS THAT LEARN simply acknowledge the "opportunities" that are before each of us. Senge then uses this "gap" between the desired state of learning and the current state to motivate readers to take action.
This is a book that should be on desk of every school administrator, teacher, parent and corporate training staff. The dialogue it will initiate has the potential to create, sustain and improve learning throughout all areas of our lives.
Get it, read it, act on it, and SHARE IT WITH EVERYONE YOU KNOW!
50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
A great resource book for educators 31 Aug. 2001
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This is an essential book for anyone interested in education. Its comprehensive coverage gives much background, even at the risk of being distracting when you want to follow-up on the leads to so many interesting source-books and links. Though you are told to dip in anywhere, you must read the first section, esp. "The Industrial Age System of Education" by Senge and "A Primer to the Five Disciplines" (Personal Mastery, Mental Models, Shared Vision, Team Learning and Systems Thinking) (pp. 27-93).

The authors consider this book a "prequel" to their other books about learning organizations (p.7). That's true. Though this is the most recent book, you can start with this one and go on to the others for further depth. Some repetitions may only serve well for mastery.

The whole book is very readable and informative. Concepts are clearly explained. It follows the same excellent editing format as The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook and The Dance of Change.

When you get too enthused by so many ideas and success stories of innovations, heed the advice for "The Strategy of Organizational Change". "Focus on one or two new priorities for change, not twelve. Most school systems are already overwhelmed with change. They don't need a new initiative; they need an approach that consolidates existing initiatives, eliminates "turf battles," and makes it easier for people to work together toward common ends." (p.25)

There are just too many passages that you wish to quote. The book is a treasure mine. However, for those (esp. busy administrators) who find the volume too daunting or verbose (592 pages!) and still want to get a handle on launching into transforming their schools into learning organisations, I would recommend, "Ten Steps to a Learning Organization" and start with the simple questionnaire given there.
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Helps Design the School of the Future 2 Nov. 2000
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SCHOOLS THAT LEARN is both a visionary and practical guide for how schools must evolve to meet the needs of students in the next 20 years. The use of multiple authors and perspectives mirrors some of the changes our schools must make to meet the needs of a new age. As Professional Development Director at a diverse Jesuit high school in San Francisco, I recommend this book to any educator, K-college. Senge's work will help prepare students for an era requiring a strong traditional academic foundation coupled with the need for creativity, and the social, emotional, and intellectual skills to work in high performing teams needed to rebuild our world.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Right on Target for School Reformers 25 Oct. 2000
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SCHOOLS THAT LEARN shows that challenges facing businesses, organizations and schools may be different, but strategies and methods to understand and address the challenges are indeed similar.
This book does a great job of translating the theory of learning organizations and the five disciplines into terms that relate to the life of schools and the people who work and learn there. The many stories presented demonstrate the wide variety of ways to address organizational learning.
The perspectives of various authors highlight the complexity of school development and offer ways to better understand systems. The mere clarity from increased understanding of the current reality offers great opportunity for growth and improvement.
A great read and reference for school leaders and those interested in helping students learn and succeed.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
RUN...Don't Walk!!! 16 Sept. 2000
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The fourth book in the Fifth Discipline series, SCHOOLS THAT LEARN, legitimizes Senge's fieldbook format as an extremely effective means of teaching. It leads the reader into the exciting adventure of creating, sustaining, improving, and helping classrooms, schools, and communities. It outlines a way to achieve our common birthright as humans, "life as eager and natural learners." This will be an important work, a source of dialogue for years to come, and - hopefully - inspiration for meaningful action in fostering the best method yet discovered to creating a positive globalizing force...LEARNING!
With the release of each Fifth Discipline resource, the concepts, the thought, the ideas, best practices, examples, and usefulness to readers have become sharper, more focused, and infused with an ever increasing sense of urgency. Personal mastery, systems thinking, shared vision, team learning, and mental models wait ready to serve today's learners. And, SCHOOLS THAT LEARN show how to put them into service in one of the most - if not THE most - fundamental areas of our lives...LEARNING!
When teaching schools, school systems, parents and community leaders begin to read, to discuss, to reflect on, advocate and actually take action to use the principles and practices described in SCHOOLS THAT LEARN, the promise of lifelong learning and the power of learners freed to learn will be realized.
SCHOOLS THAT LEARN challenges, it inspires, it educates, and it forces you to engage with its content. Readers beware. You cannot enter this "stream" and emerge unchanged.
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