ERIC Number: ED333527
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988
Reference Count: N/A
Organizing for Excellence.
Duttweiler, Patricia Cloud
Factors that contribute to excellence in education, as well as those that have contributed to the failure of change efforts, are the subject of this document. It provides a summary of the literature on reform efforts; effective schools; new organizational perspectives derived from the business sector; organizational restructuring being tested in schools; the elements required to professionalize education; and how evaluation, professional development, and incentive programs can interact to improve the performance of educators. The first chapter, "The Reform of Public Education," argues against mandates issued by a central authority. Chapter 2, "Elements of School Effectiveness," maintains that culture is a major factor when examining the characteristics of effective schools. Chapter 3, "New Perspectives on School Organization," suggests that the organizational structure of public schools requires rethinking. Chapter 4, "Self-Management in Schools," discusses a shift of the authority to make decisions. Chapter 5, "Professionalizing Education," discusses the ramifications of the fact that teaching is not a full-fledged profession. Chapter 6, "Improving Professional Performance," presents the argument that provisions for professional growth should be an integral component of incentive plans. (251 references) (MLF)
Descriptors: Administrator Effectiveness, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Effective Schools Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Excellence in Education, Management Development, Participative Decision Making, Principals, Public Schools, School Based Management, School Effectiveness, School Organization, School Restructuring, Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching (Occupation)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers; Researchers
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.
Note: For a related document, see EA 022 798.