ERIC Number: ED209749
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Drama and Routine in the Public Schools.
Pondy, Louis R.; Huff, Anne S.
A case study of curricular change compares two leading models of organizational change. One model stresses the uncertainty and disorder of major changes and views them as dramatic events. The other model sees major organizational shifts as the result of ordinary day-to-day processes and emphasizes their routine nature. For this study, the researchers analyzed the introduction of microcomputers into the classroom in one school district in an upper-middle-class Chicago suburb. Data for the case study were gathered through interviews, observation of administrative meetings, and content analysis of documents and speeches, using a method developed by political scientist Robert Axelrod. Microcomputers, seen by the superintendent as a major curricular change, were successfully introduced in the district without upheaval or drama. The researchers identify two methods by which the superintendent achieved this. First, routine administrative meetings over several years, at which the microcomputers were discussed, accustomed the principals, staff, and board members to their use. Second, the superintendent in his speeches and writings tied the microcomputers to audiovisual techniques, skill acquisition, literacy, and other familiar educational concepts. The authors suggest that such orderly, routine organizational changes should be studied more often. (Author/RW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Dept. of Business Administration.
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