Book Review

Educational Renewal: Better Teachers, Better Schools

Reviewed by Nan S. Spalding,
Principal, Macdonald Intermediate School,
Fort Knox Community Schools,
Fort Knox, Ky.


Educator John I. Goodlad once again has examined a basic and sensitive issue--the way teachers are prepared--for the process of renewal and improvement of schools in his latest work, Educational Renewal: Better Teachers, Better Schools.

Some of the treatise is an extension of an earlier work on teacher preparation. Goodlad, who co-directs the Center for Educational Renewal and presides over the Institute for Educational Inquiry in Seattle, repeats some familiar negatives, as perceived by students in teacher education, on the relevance of their foundation courses and the gap between education theory and actual practice. Naturally, Goodlad revisits the issue of curriculum content and reinforces the absolute necessity for the larger community to be involved for the schools to be the best they can be.

The most choice topic of the book is the concept of "a center of pedagogy" where the schools and the institutions of higher learning come together in a renewal relationship. That there will be many challenges to such a venture is not disputed--notably, who will be in charge when two institutions are so different and operate with professionals who have such different attitudes?

(Educational Renewal: Better Teachers, Better Schools, by John I. Goodlad, Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco, Calif. 1998, 305 pp. with index, $21.95 softcover)