ERIC Number: ED329005
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Expanding the Evaluation Department Role in a Restructuring District: A Technical Assistance Model.
Borton, William M.
Although San Diego City Schools is entering its fourth year of restructuring efforts, many schools are still reluctant to assume the autonomy offered to them. If school restructuring is stalling, it is because district offices have not yet restructured, research on what is known about implementing changes has been ignored, and no clear methodology to facilitate the process has emerged. The district may sometimes continue to mandate programs running counter to flexibility. Teachers must feel empowered to be willing to invest in restructuring and accept responsibility because change cannot be legislated but must occur in the classroom. Principles of change include adjusting relevant aspects of the environment and considering formal and informal organization. Stages of concern about change occur from mere awareness of an innovation to refocusing on exploring more universal benefits. A useful instructional system design is linear in nature and simplified as to analysis, design, development, implementation, and evaluation. At the San Diego evaluation department, evaluation has a role in all five stages. In the process of change, teachers' concerns must be considered and time and resource burdens must be borne by the district. (16 references) (EJS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: San Diego Unified School District CA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the California Educational Research Association (Santa Barbara, CA, November 1990).