ERIC Number: ED223744
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-May
Reference Count: 0
Delinquency Prevention: Selective Organizational Change in the School. Revised.
Little, Judith Warren; Skarrow, Margaret
Selective organizational change in the school presents one promising approach for delinquency prevention among young people. The organizational change approach assumes that: (1) delinquency will be reduced when young people are able to show their competence and worth; (2) young people learn socially legitimate behavior mainly in the school; and (3) specific organizational arrangements create opportunities that influence positive behavior. An organizational change project for delinquency prevention might be based on a partnership between personnel of a public elementary or secondary school and outside groups (such as State government agencies or community groups). The project would consist of five implementation sequences. In the first stage, outside groups initiate plans and enter into working agreements with selected schools, and participants in the partnership collaborate on a written plan. In the second stage, the team assesses the school to identify organizational features that influence what happens to students in school. In the third stage, the group uses data from the assessment to make decisions and select areas to be targeted for change. In the fourth phase, the cooperating groups identify specific team roles and then formulate and implement strategies for change. In the final stage, the team conducts an evaluation to determine the effects of change. (Author/MJL)
Descriptors: Community Involvement, Delinquency Prevention, Educational Environment, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Organizational Change, Program Development, Program Implementation, School Community Relationship, School Policy, State School District Relationship, Student Behavior
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Authoring Institution: Westinghouse National Issues Center, Columbia, MD..
Note: For related document, see UD 022 605. Appendix B: Delinquency Prevention as Selective Organizational Change is Chapter 3 of "Delinquency Prevention: Theories and Strategies," was not included by the Dept. of Justice.