ERIC Number: ED165326
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Nov
Leadership for Change: A Case Study of Positive Change.
Gillispie, Fred D., Jr.
This report describes the implementation of the Individually Guided Education (IGE) program in the Armstrong School in Lynchburg, Virginia. In IGE, the graded self-contained classroom is replaced by the multiunit school so that individualized learning can occur. There has been much demand for similar kinds of changes in schools, but most previous programs have been unsuccessful. The IGE system was begun in the Armstrong School in the fall of 1973 with strong support from the principal and less enthusiastic support from the staff. The school's implementation was inadequate in several areas, including infrequent Instructional Improvement Committee meetings, unproductive unit meetings, failure to properly utilize the IGE planning model, lack of adequate inservice training, and lack of administrative understanding and leadership. These inadequacies were observed by the author and cited in a questionnaire administered to teachers. In the spring of 1975, the author was appointed principal of the school. To solve implementation problems, inservice training sessions for staff and parents were held. Results of a questionnaire given to teachers and parents indicated acceleration of implementation, improvement of staff relationships, increased staff and parent understanding of the project, and agreement with the findings of several other IGE studies. The principal's leadership was an important factor in implementation. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Virginia