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This commentary—a response to an ear-lier comment by Alexander, Murphy, and Woods in this journal—considers the question of the high turnover in educa-tional innovations. Rather than seeking answers in the preferences and prepara-tions of educators, it is argued that the high mortality rate of innovations is a function of their operation within an envi-ronment of institutionalized organiza-tions. It is suggested that improving the performance of innovations will require understanding education as a dynamic system. Educational Researcher, Vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 22-26 Alexander, Murphy, and Woods, re-marking in the April 1996 issu

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