ERIC Number: ED347650
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Connections between Macro and Micro Implementation of Educational Policy: A Study of School Restructuring in Western Australia.
Dellar, Graham B.
Findings of a 3-year study of the policy implementation process in three western Australian secondary schools are presented in this paper, which focuses on the macro and micro aspects of implementation. To examine responses to the formation of school-based decision-making groups, methodology involved: (1) document analysis; (2) interviews with Ministry of Education officials and representatives from parent/community groups, a teachers' union, and superintendents' and principals' associations; (3) observation; and (4) surveys. Findings suggest that officials in the Ministry, teachers' union, principals' associations, and parent/citizen groups influenced policy implementation at the macro level and also affected the perceptions and decisional procedures undertaken by teachers, parents, and principals at the micro level. Policy implementation is viewed as a process of "interactive modification"--a dynamic relationship in which change occurs simultaneously in both the innovation and the environment. Recommendations are made for support strategies. (16 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia (Western Australia)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).