ERIC Number: ED192962
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Promoting, Guiding, and Surviving Change in School Districts.
Deal, Terrence E.; Nutt, Samuel C.
Compiled for school administrators who must initiate or respond to external mandate for change, this guide draws on the experiences of 10 rural school districts that participated in the federally funded Experimental Schools (ES) program for perspectives that can be used in the successful management of change efforts in school districts. Organized around four areas of knowledge which administrators need in order to promote, guide, and survive changes, the booklet emphasizes the importance of understanding: (1) an accurate and realistic image of organizational settings; (2) the change process and its important stages; (3) the pitfalls and opportunities that previous efforts have revealed; and (4) ideas for designing strategies which can be effectively used in a particular local context. Discussions of case studies of the ES districts reveal how the change process unfolds and how conflicts can be resolved; outline an image for viewing change in educational organizations; and offer specific guidelines for approaching change in small school districts. (JD)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Change Agents, Change Strategies, Conflict Resolution, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Programs, Federal Regulation, Needs Assessment, Organizational Development, Program Evaluation, Relevance (Education), Rural Schools, School Administration
Publication Type: Guides - General; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Abt Associates, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
Identifiers: Experimental Schools Program
Note: One in a series of reports of The Longitudinal Study of Educational Change in Rural America. Not available in paper copy due to publisher's preference. For related document, see RC 012 249.