ERIC Number: ED168219
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
OD in Schools: The State of the Art. Vol. IV: Case Studies. Final Report.
Fullan, Michael; And Others
This volume, the fourth of a five-volume series, contains three onsite case studies of organization development (OD) selected from a sample of 76 school districts. The purpose of the case studies was to analyze in detail different types of OD programs and their use. Each case study represents a different OD focus: case study A involves a survey feedback and professional development approach, case study B combines a management by objective focus, and case study C is curriculum-based. From 13 to 21 interviews were conducted with OD coordinators, central administrators, board members, principals, teachers, and change agents. Questions covered description of the OD program, perceptions of the main goals, reasons for success and failure, role of internal and external change agents, consequences and impact of the program, and the future of OD in the district. Some of the findings suggest the need for a reasonably stable district environment, a close linkage between an internal OD specialist and a top manager, a clear image of the program, and a longer time-line for institutionalization. (Author/LD)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrators, Adoption (Ideas), Boards of Education, Case Studies, Change Agents, Consultants, Curriculum Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Graphs, Management by Objectives, Organizational Climate, Organizational Development, Principals, Professional Training, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Questionnaires, School Districts, Statistical Data, Success, Systems Approach, Tables (Data), Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Policy Research, New York, NY.; Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto.
Identifiers - Location: Canada; United States