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ERIC Number: ED021138
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Feb
Pages: 164
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Reference Count: 0
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OPEN SYSTEM THEORY AND CHANGE IN VOCATIONAL PROGRAMS OF IDAHO SECONDARY SCHOOLS.
HEGER, ROBERT J.
THE DECISION-MAKING PROCESS OF SUPERINTENDENTS AS RELATED TO THE SYSTEM THEORY OF ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGE WAS THE CENTRAL FOCUS OF THIS STUDY. SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES WERE (1) TO ANALYZE SUPERINTENDENTS' DECISION MAKING AS RELATED TO MODIFYING AND INITIATING VOCATIONAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS IN IDAHO, (2) TO TEST A THEORY OF ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGE AS RELATED TO VOCATIONAL EDUCATION, AND (3) TO DETERMINE CONDITIONS IN WHICH VOCATIONAL EDUCATION CHANGE IS LEAST AND MOST LIKELY TO OCCUR. INTERVIEWS WERE CONDUTED WITH 50 SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENTS RANDOMLY SELECTED FROM SCHOOL DISTRICTS LOCATED IN THE SIX JUNIOR COLLEGE DISTRICTS OF IDAHO TO TEST FOUR PROPOSITIONS TO PREDICT CONDITIONS TENDING TO INHIBIT CHANGE AND THREE TENDING TO AID CHANGE. RELATIONSHIPS AMONG PROPERTIES AD PROPOSITIONS OF THE OPEN SYSTEM THEORY OF ADMINISTRATIVE CHANGE INDICATED THAT (1) STEADY STATES OF SYSTEMS ARE ACCOMPANIED BY INCREASED HIERARCHY, (2) PROGRESSIVE DEPARTMENTALIZATION SEEMS TO ACCOMPANY THE INTERPLAY OF SUBSYSTEMS IN SUCH A WAY AS TO INDUCE CHANGE, (3) DISTRICTS ENCOURAGING DYNAMIC INTERPLAY ARE MORE LIKELY TO EMPLOY OUTSIDE SUPERINTENDENTS AND SUPPORT HIS EFFORTS FOR CHANGE, AND (4) SCHOOLS WITH INTERNAL FEEDBACK SYSTEMS ARE MORE LIKELY TO RESPOND TO THAN RESIST STRONG OUTSIDE PRESSURES. A CONCLUSION IN DIRECT OPPOSITION TO THE THEORY PREDICTIONS STATED THAT THE MORE HIERARCHICAL THE STRUCTURE OF AN ORGANIZATION AND THE MORE FUNCTIONAL THE DYNAMIC INTERPLAY BETWEEN SUBSYSTEMS, THE GREATER THE PROBABILITY OF VOCATIONAL PROGRAM CHANGE. A BIBLIOGRAPHY AND STATISTICAL DATA ARE INCLUDED. (DM)
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Authoring Institution: Idaho Occupational Research Coordinating Unit, Moscow.
Identifiers: IDAHO