ERIC Number: ED111107
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Organizational Specialists in a School District: Four Years of Innovation. A Report of the Program on Strategies of Organizational Change.
Runkel, Philip J.; And Others
A case history of organizational development in the Kent, Washington, school district from August 1967 to April 1972 is presented in 14 chapters and numerous appendixes. The first section contains a summary, the theoretical scheme, and the principles used in building the cadre of organizational specialists. Chapters 5, 6, and 7, concern interpersonal "first-level" skills; conditions facilitating interpersonal responsiveness among teachers, communication in schools with collaborative teaching structures, and preconditions necessary before training produced constructive adaptation. Chapters 8 and 9 concern "second-level" skills that serve to enhance the functioning of systems; collaborative decision-making among teachers, and power-sharing between principals and teachers. Chapters 10, 11, and 12, move to "third-level" skills--the capacity of the school for performing as an entire system; a substudy of the school as a processor of innovations, the work of the cadre as an agent of constructive adaptation, and the cadre as a system in itself. Chapter 13 probes the strengths and weaknesses of the data, research design, and analysis techniques used in the study. Chapter 14 contains a summary of the project and recommendations. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Behavioral Sciences, Change Agents, Change Strategies, Communication Skills, Cooperating Teachers, Educational Environment, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Interpersonal Competence, Organizational Change, Organizational Climate, Organizational Development, Organizational Effectiveness, Organizational Theories, Teacher Improvement, Trainers, Training, Training Objectives
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Oregon Univ., Eugene. Center for Educational Policy and Management.