ERIC Number: ED250815
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Sources of Leadership for Change in High Schools.
Hall, Gene E.; Guzman, Frances M.
In examining the dynamics of change processes in high schools, this study makes initial interpretations about school officials who serve as change facilitators. The researchers found that a trend exists for the source of change to come from outside the high school. Principals, assistant principals, and department heads as well as central office staff and teachers are obvious role groups to take the lead in implementing change in high schools. Some principals do act as active change facilitators. Department heads, in most cases, do not facilitate change implementation. The role assistant principals play in facilitating change is defined by the principal. If principals are passive, then assistant principals maintain the status quo; when active principals involve assistant principals there tends to be a dynamic change facilitating team. The dynamic of the central office is similar to that within the school; if the superintendent or the assistant sets a priority for change, then the central office staff is active in that direction. In general, teachers rarely act as change facilitators. While it is difficult to make sweeping generalizations or to propose specific prescriptions, there is a need to further study the roles of underutilized staff, and to clarify potential roles that staff can assume. Without clarification and assistance, change will be treated as an event rather than as a process. (MD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Texas Univ., Austin. Research and Development Center for Teacher Education.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984). This paper is alternately available as one of five symposium papers constituting a separate document, EA 017 311. For other related documents, see EA 017 309-310 and EA 017 320-324.