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ERIC Number: ED168221
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Jul
Reference Count: 0
An Assessment of a Structural Task Approach to Organizational Development in a School System. Final Report.
Duncan, Robert B.; And Others
This report presents an account and evaluation of a two-year survey-feedback problem-solving organization development (OD) project in a small city's school district. The project combined the survey-feedback technology with structural alterations in the school district and the training of internal change agents. Both planned and unplanned events have been reported. Chapter 1 presents the theoretical justification for the particular intervention. The field settings and the entry processes are described in chapter 2. Chapter 3 presents the model and design for both the summative and formative evaluations and describes all forms of data collection and the specific instruments that were used. Chapter 4 compares the groups of participating elementary schools with the nonparticipating. Chapter 5 describes the program implementation during the first year. Chapter 6 provides three kinds of summative evaluation. Chapters 7 and 8 provide a formative evaluation consisting of systematic case studies and evaluation of process data. Chapter 9 provides a summary assessment of the project viewed in terms of a framework for decision-making and evaluation. The final chapter discusses this approach to OD and to school improvement in the context of other possible strategies and programs for change. (Author/IRT)
Descriptors: Administrators, Adoption (Ideas), Analysis of Variance, Change Agents, Change Strategies, Decision Making, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Elementary Education, Formative Evaluation, Inservice Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Organization, Organizational Development, Principals, Problem Solving, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, Summative Evaluation, Superintendents, Tables (Data)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
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