ERIC Number: ED218757
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
An Organizational Process Intervention for Effective Schooling.
Gotowala, Martin C.
The involvement of process consultants can ease the development of strategies for increasing school effectiveness. The process consultant does not function as an expert in education, but facilitates development of an effective planning team consisting of the principal and four or five faculty members. The consultant first determines whether the principal and at least half the faculty will commit themselves to the intervention method. Faculty opinions concerning the presence or absence of effective school characteristics in their school are gathered next. In the most critical phase of the intervention, the planning team participates in a 2-day institute during which it analyzes these opinions to identify problems; prioritizes the problem areas; determines what causes the most important problem, whom it affects, whether it relates to school climate or to instructional organization, and what goal the problem prevents the school from attaining; uses force-field analysis to identify factors affecting achievement of the goal; develops objectives and strategies for achieving the goal; and specifies monitoring and evaluation processes. The final phases of the intervention concern obtaining faculty commitment to act on the planning team's decisions, and establishing the role of the consultant in implementing and renewing the process. (PGD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).