ERIC Number: ED097354
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Assessment of a Structural/Task Approach to Organization Development in School Systems.
Cooke, Robert A.; And Others
The study focuses on the survey Feedback--Problem Solving--Collective Decision intervention, a structural/task-oriented approach to planned organizational change. The objective of this research program is to further refine an organizational development approach which provides schools with a structure consistent with the environment of educational systems, the professional capacities of school personnel, and the inherent demands of the educational technology. A modified and abbreviated version of this district-level intervention was pilot tested and evaluated in a previous action-research project. The pilot program focused on the superimposition of complementary collective decision structures over the existing authority configuration in schools through the use of survey feedback and problem solving processes. The intervention succeeded in increasing organizational flexibility and adaptability by providing for problem identification, solution generation, and change initiation at the faculty level. Product evaluation confirmed that the structural intervention brought about significant favorable changes in teacher work attitudes and perceptions of collectivity in organizational decision processes. (Author/RC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Inst. for Social Research.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (59th, Chicago, Illinois, April 1974)