Summer 2019 - EDUC 830 G001

Implementation of Educational Programs (5)

Class Number: 5962

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    May 6 – Aug 2, 2019: Thu, 4:30–9:20 p.m.



Problems and practices associated with innovation and implementation including the nature of change in the educational context, the roles of teachers, administrators, change agents, and evaluators.


This outline provides a preliminary overview.  In the first class we will discuss students’ context and interests, which will enable me to add the details. 

This course will examine several of the problems and issues that accompany efforts to institute positive change in schooling. Our focus will primarily be on curricular programs. As a class, we will examine a number of innovative programs that have been characterized as successes or as failures. We will scrutinize the terms in which these claims have been made, and question what it takes for an educational innovation, whether large or small, to be “successful.” The course is not a survey of change theory but rather an examination of the history of the often limited success of change processes in public education to determine what has been learned through that experience and how greater success may be possible.


  • Become familiar with a variety of terms in which educational programs can be deemed successful
  • Examine several educational programs that have been claimed to be successful or unsuccessful
  • Learn to conduct an original analysis of an educational program


  • Analysis of an educational program chosen by you 45%
  • Draft of your analysis 5%
  • Critique of a classmate’s draft analysis 20%
  • Between-class online discussions (evaluated by portfolio) 30%


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There is one required textbook: (this is available ONLINE via the SFU Library for FREE)

Tyack, D. and Cuban, L. (1995). Tinkering toward utopia: A century of public school reform. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press. ISBN 978-0674892835

All other required readings will be provided by the instructor for download on Canvas.
ISBN: 978-0674892835

Graduate Studies Notes:

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