ERIC Number: ED250801
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Change Facilitators: In Search of Understanding Their Role. Research on the Improvement Process in Schools and Colleges.
Rutherford, William L.; And Others
This information analysis paper examines (1) the characteristics associated with effective change facilitators and (2) the concept of "style" and its value in describing and understanding leadership performance and the role of change facilitators in particular. Three bodies of literature are highlighted and summarized in pursuit of answers to these concerns. First, the large body of leadership literature is searched for material on change facilitation and style. Models of leadership discussed include Fiedler's (1978) contingency model, the Vroom-Yetton model, the path-goal theory, the attribution theory, and Jago's typology of leadership research and literature. The second body of literature considered is the change agent literature. Three classifications of approaches to change described by Chin and Benne (1969) are presented (rational-empirical, normative-reeducative, and power-coercive), followed by Havelock's three change models (social interaction, research and development, and problem-solver). Other models discussed include the linkage model, Goodlad's responsive model, the concerns-based adoption model, and the Rand Change Agent Study model. The third section presents three related bodies of literature on principals: leadership role, principal as change facilitator, and principal effectiveness/school improvement. The fourth section provides a synthesis and discussion, while the final section presents a working definition of the change facilitation process and of "style." Thirteen pages of references are included. (TE)
Descriptors: Administrator Role, Change Agents, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Leadership Responsibility, Leadership Styles, Models, Organizational Communication, Principals, Theories
Publications Sales, Research and Development Center for Teacher Education, EDA 3.203, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712-1288 ($4.50).
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Research and Development Center for Teacher Education.