ERIC Number: ED203529
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Dec
Degree of Coupling and Scope of Change: School Organization Effects on Implementation.
Corbett, H. Dickson, III
As part of a longitudinal study of external assistance in school change, cooperative efforts between an external agency and five schools were analyzed to identify characteristics of the social structure of schools that affect change implementation. Data were collected through extensive observations and interviews. The schools evidenced a considerable differentiation of authority among subunits, which led to sporadic coordination of instructional activities and isolation of subunits. Hence, comprehensive instructional change was difficult, primarily because such change assumes the presence of integrative mechanisms that did not exist in this sample. However, there were several tightly structured areas in the schools and these were more amenable to broad change. (Author/MLF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).