The Inquiring School: Literacy for the Year 2000
Schaefer’s remarks to the John Dewey Society had little impact at the time. Twenty-five years later, they turn up with increasing frequency in discussions of school change and reform. Schaefer laid out a brilliant vision. He saw the social sciences (psychology, anthropology, and sociology) as providing the necessary concepts and tools for inquiry. He viewed institutional structure and governance as critical to fundamental change. He did not, however, spell out the pragmatics for realizing the dream.