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Cuban, Larry

Works: 126 works in 421 publications in 4 languages and 24,153 library holdings
Genres: History  Case studies  Sources  Handbooks and manuals  Abstracts 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Thesis advisor, Contributor
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Most widely held works by Larry Cuban
Oversold and underused : computers in the classroom by Larry Cuban( )

28 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and Japanese and held by 2,413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"We have to keep ahead in the global economy. The best schools have the most sophisticated computers. Our kids can't be left behind. Our kids need the best. For the last twenty years, many educators, public officials, and business leaders have argued that to keep ahead, American children need to be computersavvy from early childhood onward. Using computers and the Internet in school will give kids a huge academic advantage and, in the long term, prepare them to be winners in an ever more competitive workplace. Real estate agents and parents cite the number of computers in their local schools to demonstrate the quality of their children's education. But just how much of this is true? in Oversold and Underused, one of the most respected voices in American education argues that when teachers are not trained to use new technology, or given a chance to develop creative uses for it in schools, computers end up being just souped-up typewriters. Synthesizing all the research now available, and drawing on his own studies of early childhood, high school, and university classrooms in Silicon Valley, Larry Cuban found that students and teachers use the new technologies far less in the classroom than they do at home and that most classroom use is unimaginative. Even in the heartland of the new technology, classrooms run much as they did a generation ago: they just have new expensive toys in the corner."--Jacket
The blackboard and the bottom line : why schools can't be businesses by Larry Cuban( )

17 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 2,204 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this new book, Larry Cuban takes aim at the alluring cliche that schools should be more businesslike, and shows that in its long history in business-minded America, no one has shown that a business model can be successfully applied to education." "In this book, one of the most distinguished scholars in education charts the Gilded Age beginnings of the influential view that American schools should be organized to meet the needs of American businesses, and run according to principles of cost-efficiency, bottom-line thinking, and customer satisfaction."--Jacket
Tinkering toward utopia : a century of public school reform by David B Tyack( Book )

32 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and Spanish and held by 1,878 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In this book, David Tyack and Larry Cuban explore some basic questions about the nature of educational reform. Why have Americans come to believe that schooling has regressed? Have educational reforms occurred in cycles, and if so, why? Why has it been so difficult to change the basic institutional patterns of schooling? What actually happened when reformers tried to "reinvent" schooling? Tyack and Cuban argue that the ahistorical nature of most current reform proposals magnifies defects and understates the difficulty of changing the system. Policy talk has alternated between lamentation and overconfidence. The authors suggest that reformers today need to focus on ways to help teachers improve instruction from the inside out instead of decreeing change by remote control, and that reformers must also keep in mind the democratic purposes that guide public education
The managerial imperative and the practice of leadership in schools by Larry Cuban( )

16 editions published between 1982 and 1988 in English and held by 1,849 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

School : the story of American public education by Sheila Curran Bernard( Book )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,601 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Published to coincide with the PBS special on public education, this collection of writings by the nation's most renowned historians of education chronicles the story of America's grand experiment in public education
How scholars trumped teachers : change without reform in university curriculum, teaching, and research, 1890-1990 by Larry Cuban( )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2006 in English and held by 1,505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book reviews the history of the increasing importance of research and the declining importance of teaching at the 125 major public and private research universities (Carnegie Research I and ii classifications), using Stanford University (California) as a case example. It examines how, over the last century, university structures and processes have influenced research and teaching and why scholarship has "trumped" teaching in universities. It argues that evolution of the "university-college" in the early twentieth century resulted in practices such as embedding undergraduate teaching within departments, the elective system, and "general education requirements," while allowing faculty to focus on conducting research, publishing findings, and guiding doctoral students. Chapter 1 describes the tradition of curricular and pedagogical reform at Stanford since its founding. Chapter 2 analyzes the century-long experience of Stanford with the university-college concept. Chapters 3 and 4 trace the curricular and instructional changes that occurred in the Department of History and the School of Medicine, respectively. Chapter 5 compares and contrasts the experiences of these two units within the university. Chapter 6 concludes that the university-college structure permitted presidents and professors to strike a balance between conflicting values of teaching and research while striving for higher institutional prestige. (Individual chapters contain references.) (Db)
Powerful reforms with shallow roots : improving America's urban schools by Larry Cuban( )

7 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 1,421 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This authoritative and eye-opening volume examines governance changes in six cities during the 1990s, where either mayoral control of schools has occurred or where noneducators have been appointed to lead school districts. Featuring up-close, in-depth case studies of Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago, Boston, San Diego, and Seattle, this book explores the reasons why these cities chose to alter their traditional school governance structures and analyzes what happened when the reforms were implemented and whether or not teachers and students performed better because of them
How teachers taught : constancy and change in American classrooms, 1890-1980 by Larry Cuban( Book )

19 editions published between 1984 and 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why is it so hard to get good schools? by Larry Cuban( )

9 editions published in 2003 in English and Spanish and held by 1,293 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After almost five decades of working in and around public schools, the author invites us to think along with him about why it is so hard to get good schools. He offers these reflections because his contact with tens of thousands of public school participants--teachers, policymakers, researchers, parents, and students--has convinced him that "I am not alone in coping with these thorny dilemmas ... as each of us muddlers toward the kinds of 'good' schooling that we seek for children."
Teachers and machines : the classroom use of technology since 1920 by Larry Cuban( Book )

19 editions published between 1985 and 2004 in English and held by 913 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To make a difference; teaching in the inner city by Larry Cuban( Book )

8 editions published in 1970 in English and held by 815 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book is a personal account of teaching experience in the inner city school, as well as being an organized approach to improving teaching methods. On the schools and the teachers are placed the responsibility for teaching and for reasonable academic achievement of students. The underlying educational philosophy is that the individual teacher must match the materials and methods of instruction to the student. The teacher's role in developing his or her own units for classroom work and types of units which have been successful are emphasized. Chapters that deal with the teacher as liaison with the community, as instructional decision maker, and as curriculum-developer suggest a different style and provide a different substance to classroom teaching. Also discussed are the different learning styles of children, workable approaches, and specific problems such as race, discipline, and expectations. (Author/JW)
Partners in literacy : schools and libraries building communities through technology by Sondra Cuban( Book )

6 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 659 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Why have libraries and schools - both public institutions committed to community-based learning - adopted new technologies in dramatically different ways? Exploring the differences in technology use between schools and libraries across the country, the authors describe ways that these two institutions can collaborate to improve teaching and learning while building communities. With a focus on literacy development, they investigate how new technologies are implemented and the lessons that institutions can learn from one another."--Jacket
Inside the black box of classroom practice : change without reform in American education by Larry Cuban( Book )

8 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 643 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Inside the Black Box of Classroom Practice takes as its starting point a strikingly blunt question: "With so many major structural changes in U.S. public schools over the past century, why have classroom practices been largely stable, with a modest blending of new and old teaching practices, leaving contemporary classroom lessons familiar to earlier generations of school-goers?" It is a question that ought to be of paramount interest to all who are interested in school reform in the United States. It is also a question that comes naturally to Larry Cuban, whose much-admired books have focused on various aspects of school reform--their promises, wrong turns, partial successes, and troubling failures. In this book, he returns to this territory, but trains his focus on the still baffling fact that policy reforms--no matter how ambitious or determined--have generally had little effect on classroom conduct and practice." -- Publisher's website
Technology, curriculum, and professional development : adapting schools to meet the needs of students with disabilities by John Woodward( Book )

7 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 572 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The 11 papers in this collection address various aspects of the adoption and implementation of technology in the education of students with disabilities. An introduction by David B. Malouf of the Office of Special Education Programs introduces the collection. The following papers are included: (1) "No Easy Answer: The Instructional Effectiveness of Technology for Students with Disabilities" (John Woodward, Deborah Gallagher, and Herbert Rieth); (2) "It Can't Hurt: Implementing aac Technology in the Classroom for Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities" (Bonnie Todis); (3) "Preparing Future Citizens: Technology-Supported, Project-Based Learning in the Social Studies" (Cynthia M. Okolo and Ralph P. Ferretti); (4) "ClassWide Peer Tutoring Program: a Learning Management System" (Charles R. Greenwood, Liang-Shye Hou, Joseph Delquadri, Barbara J. Terry, and Carmen Arreaga-Mayer); (5) "Sustaining a Curriculum Innovation: Cases of Make It Happen!" (Judith M. Zorfass); (6) "Technology Implementation in Special Education: Understanding Teachers' Beliefs, Plans, and Decisions" (Charles A. MacArthur); (7) "Why Are Most Teachers Infrequent and Restrained Users of Computers in Their Classroom?" (Larry Cuban); (8) "Designing Technology Professional Development Programs" (A. Edward Blackhurst); (9) "The Construction of Knowledge in a Collaborative Community: Reflections on Three Projects" (Carol Sue Englert and Yong Zhao); (10) "The Rise and Fall of the Community Transition Team Model" (Andrew S. Halpern and Michael R. Benz); and (11) "How Does Technology Support a Special Education Agenda? Using What We Have Learned To Inform the Future" (Marleen C. Pugach and Cynthia L. Warger). (Individual papers contain references.) (Db)
Reconstructing the common good in education : coping with intractable American dilemmas by Larry Cuban( Book )

7 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 525 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This edited work brings several generations of Professor David Tyack's students and colleagues together to explore the purpose and structure of schooling for the common good. For most of the last century, school reformers have attempted to employ schools to solve nearly every social ill. Reforms since the 1980s have, in the main, emphasized using schools to improve the economic performance of the country, often neglecting other objectives, and in ways that frequently aid those already privileged by race, class, or gender. Examples of these reforms include vouchers, charter schools, and privately run public schools. Despite relentless criticism by those fixated on economic competitiveness, support for the broader purpose of nurturing good citizens remains strong among the public. The first part of this work explores different ways of perceiving the "common good" in public education at key points of school reform over the last century, including the evolution of national educational agendas, the dilemma of indoctrination, education and Hispanics, and corporate management of troubled urban schools. The second part of this work examines the social and political implications of different ways of viewing the common good, including the need to pursue social justice, historic critiques of the role of bureaucracy in schoolings, and the ideological divide between progressives and conservatives regarding what constitutes good schools. The third part considers the relationship of tradition to modern democracies, tensions between community life and regulatory pressures, and the ways in which education has become a secular American religion. (Contains over 500 references.) (Tej)
Hugging the middle : how teachers teach in an era of testing and accountability by Larry Cuban( Book )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and Hebrew and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focusing on three diverse school districts (Arlington, Virginia; Denver, Colorado; and Oakland, California), this book offers a portrayal of how teachers teach. It looks at a range of workable pedagogical options educators are using to engage students while satisfying parents and policymakers - options that succeed by creating hybrid practices
As good as it gets : what school reform brought to Austin by Larry Cuban( Book )

3 editions published in 2010 in English and held by 461 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Takes a detailed history of the Austin, Texas, school district, under Superintendent Pat Forgione, to ask the question that few politicians and school reformers want to touch. Given effective use of widely welcomed reforms, can school policies and practices put all children at the same academic level? Are class and ethnic differences in academic performance within the power of schools to change? Argues that the overall district has shown much improvement, but the improvements are unevenly distributed. The elementary schools improved, as did the high schools located in affluent, well-educated, largely white neighborhoods. The least improvement came where it was needed most : the predominantly poor, black, and Latino high schools. Before Forgione arrived, over 10 percent of district schools were failing, and after he left office, roughly the same percentage continued to fail. Austin's signal successes amid failure hold answers to tough questions facing urban district leaders across the nation. From publisher description
Urban school chiefs under fire by Larry Cuban( Book )

5 editions published in 1976 in English and Undetermined and held by 402 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study examines three veteran urban school superintendents who were highly respected by their colleagues but who came under intense pressure from forces outside the school systems in the 1960'S. Chapter 1 explores the context of the desegregation controversy and the furor over an independent evaluation that faced Benjamin C. Willis in Chicago. The second chapter describes Carl Hansen's responses in Washington, D.C. to federally funded efforts to change the public schools and sharp pressure to desegregate. San Francisco is the focus of the third chapter, in which a curricular fracas triggered by news of Russia's launching of the Sputnik and a concerted drive to desegregate the schools are examined as two instances of pressure that confronted Harold Spears. Chapter four compares and contrasts the three political contexts, school organizations, and pressure groups. The origin and development of the urban superintendency during tha last century is investigated in chapter five, in order to determine how big city school men have perceived their roles. The final chapter presents several theories to clarify further the responses of the three school superintendents examined in the study. (Author/JM)
The Negro in America by Larry Cuban( Book )

4 editions published in 1964 in English and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

How can I fix it? : finding solutions and managing dilemmas : an educator's road map by Larry Cuban( Book )

5 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 352 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This book offers a new look at classrooms and schools that demonstrates how our approach to solving the routine conflictsof school life may have as much to do with the crises in our schools as the conflicts themselves
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The blackboard and the bottom line : why schools can't be businesses
The blackboard and the bottom line : why schools can't be businessesTinkering toward utopia : a century of public school reformSchool : the story of American public educationHow scholars trumped teachers : change without reform in university curriculum, teaching, and research, 1890-1990Powerful reforms with shallow roots : improving America's urban schoolsHow teachers taught : constancy and change in American classrooms, 1890-1980Why is it so hard to get good schools?Teachers and machines : the classroom use of technology since 1920
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큐반, 래리

キューバン, L