ERIC Number: ED382353
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
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The Use of Effective Change Characteristics in Implementing Kentucky's Primary Program: A Case Study.
Carney, Judith Paige
This case study examined the process of change employed by a rural Kentucky elementary school identified as having successfully implemented the state's primary program. The main purpose of the study was to analyze how the school implemented the primary program based on characteristics of effective change. The case study was based on a total of 23 formal interviews, 20 document reviews, and several observations in primary classrooms and attendance of meetings related to primary program implementation. The study presented three major conclusions. First, all ten change characteristics had an impact on the implementation process in the successful primary school; however, some characteristics had more impact than others, thus the findings came under three levels. Level one change characteristics--collaborative leadership--played the key role in the implementation of the primary program. Level two characteristics--training, risk-taking, teamwork and collaboration, communication and information, and evaluation and revision--had a secondary influence on program implementation. Level three characteristics included vision, support systems, planning time, and recognition and resolution of barriers. The second conclusion presented by the findings was that one factor which contributed to successful primary program implementation was the school's principal, who employed effective change characteristics during the implementation process. The third conclusion was that the school was change-oriented even before the 1990 primary program mandate, and continued to be so during implementation. Contains 65 references. (Author/HTH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Identifiers: Kentucky; Kentucky Education Reform Act 1990
Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Kentucky.