ERIC Number: ED188310
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
Diagnosing a School's Readiness for Change: What to Look for When Starting an Innovation.
Bell, Warren E.; And Others
Conditions that influence a school's readiness for change are analyzed in this monograph for the purpose of providing practitioners, especially those who provide assistance to schools, with specific guides for diagnosing readiness for change. The publication is a tool to help school personnel and others make wise and deliberate decisions about adopting or rejecting changes. The first of five sections presents a perspective on schools as social systems composed of individuals and groups interlocked in organized ways. Section two describes some reasons why schools are resistant to change. The third section presents a set of conditions associated with a school's readiness to undergo change. These conditions are grouped into six clusters dealing with (1) accessibility of resources and support, (2) internal press for change, (3) stability of the staff, (4) skill in collaboration, (5) norms about collaboration, and (6) risk-taking. Section four is a discussion of some considerations about collecting diagnostic information. The concluding section presents a list of resources, mostly annotated, for understanding and improving the possibilities of productive change. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Educational Strategies, Elementary Secondary Education, School Organization, Validated Programs
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Santa Clara County Superintendent of Schools, San Jose, CA.
Identifiers: Central California Facilitator Project; National Diffusion Network