ERIC Number: ED206085
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Factors Supporting or Inhibiting Innovative Practices in Senior High Schools.
Daresh, John C.
Semistructured interviews were used to query school staffs, administrators, and school board members in this exploratory field study of successful high schools implementing an individualized program. Analysis of results suggest these possible findings regarding factors that may support or inhibit the implementation of innovations: (1) The most important intraorganizational factor supporting implementation appeared to be the principal; (2) most teachers reported being ill-prepared in the new behaviors; (3) a decline of staff dedication and commitment was usually credited to "burn out"--the emotional and physical exhaustion of maintaining old programs while starting new ones; (4) there were no procedures for assimilating new teachers into new programs; (5) the superintendent appeared to be the key person outside the school sustaining the program; (6) decentralized district management seemed to facilitate innovative practices; (7) centralized curriculum seemed to facilitate the practices; (8) extraordinary funding was not necessary for implementation; and (9) needed formal support systems with other institutions were absent. These findings suggest issues that should be considered by staffs planning to implement or refine innovative practices. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Educational Research Association (Philadelphia, PA, March 12-15, 1981).