ERIC Number: ED186168
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
The Dynamics of Planned Educational Change: Case Studies and Analyses.
Herriott, Robert E., Ed.; Gross, Neal, Ed.
During the past two decades federal, state, and local school leaders have attempted to institute major changes in educational programs and organizational arrangements. Recent assessment studies reveal that the great majority of change efforts did not meet intended objectives. As a result, policy formulators have developed serious reservations about the ability of school officials to institute successful reforms. This book is designed to help educational officials become more incisive analysts of the process of organizational change. It presents case studies of five rural small school systems located in different regions of the nation that received funding from the federal Experimental Schools Program from 1972 to 1977 to carry out comprehensive change projects, and analyzes each one in depth and from different perspectives. Part I provides ideas and background information needed to identify and examine factors that facilitate or block educational change efforts. Part II discusses the contexts in which such efforts occur and conditions that can impede or facilitate their development. Part III analyzes the case studies and considers their implications for those who have a major stake in the process and outcomes of change efforts. Part IV examines ways in which the case study findings call for a revision in existing change frameworks and considers their implications for the improvement of change efforts at both the federal and local levels. (Author/NEC)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Change Strategies, Educational Administration, Educational Change, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Financial Support, Innovation, Problems, Program Development, Rural Education, Rural Schools, School Districts, School Organization, Small Schools
McCutchan Publishing Corporation, 2526 Grove Street, Berkeley, CA 94704 ($15.20)
Publication Type: Books; Reports - Research; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Abt Associates, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
Identifiers: Experimental Schools Program