ERIC Number: ED207175
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Internal Support Structures for the Development of Autonomous Schools. Research on Concerns-Based Adoption.
Rutherford, William L.; Hall, Gene E.
Focusing on the development of autonomous secondary schools in the Netherlands, this paper analyzes a Dutch plan for such schools, poses questions, and makes suggestions concerning the plan's implementation. Although requested to identify the characteristics of needed internal support structures (such as counseling or supplementary training for teachers), the authors instead describe how to establish an environment and set of procedures out of which needed support structures can emerge. The first section of the report analyzes the five-year plan Dutch officials have formulated for the development of autonomous schools. Several measures are recommended, including plans for responding to schools that do not become autonomous. The second section of the paper explains autonomous schools and internal support structures and recommends the separation of the two, with an initial focus on developing autonomous schools in which staff are free to request the support structures they feel are necessary. The third section offers theoretical perspectives on change, with an emphasis on the Concerns-Based Adoption Model. It then deals with the steps necessary to implement the autonomous school in real sites. A short concluding section looks at Dutch education as a whole and poses questions about the role of the school. (JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Research and Development Center for Teacher Education.
Identifiers: Concerns Based Adoption Model; Netherlands; Support Systems
Note: Paper presented at the International Seminar on Strengthening School Capacity for Change: Developing an Autonomous School (The Hague, Netherlands, November 21-23, 1979).