Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns

Clayton M. Christensen, Author, Michael B. Horn, Author, Curtis W. Johnson, Author McGraw-Hill $32.95 (238p) ISBN 978-0-07-159206-2
It's no secret that people learn in different ways, so why, the authors of this book ask, ""can't schools customize their teaching?"" The current system, ""designed for standardization,"" must by its nature ignore the individual needs of each student. The answer to this problem, the authors argue, is ""disruptive innovation,"" a principle introduced (and initially applied to business) by Harvard Business School professor Christensen in The Innovator's Dilemma. The idea is that an audience in need will benefit from even a faulty opportunity to fulfill that need; in education, the demand for individual instruction could be met through infinitely customizable online computer-based instruction. The authors, all professionals in education, present a solution to the ills of standardized education that's visionary but far-fetched; even they admit that their recommendations would be extremely difficult to implement in current school systems. Still, the authors' unusual case, though occasionally bogged down in tangents, is worthy reading for school administrators, teachers, parents and, perhaps most of all, software developers. Charts.
Reviewed on: 06/02/2008
Release date: 06/01/2008
Show other formats
FORMATS
Open Ebook - 238 pages - 978-1-281-33320-9
Open Ebook - 288 pages - 978-0-07-164174-6
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.