ERIC Number: ED274089
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Over-All Report of a Study Describing Change Processes in School Improvement.
Neff, Franklin W.; And Others
Attitudes of educational practitioners toward change processes associated with school improvement were assessed in a study conducted in a suburban midwestern school district. Eighty-nine teachers, principals, and instructional assistants from five schools completed questionnaires that were developed following classroom observations and interviews with selected faculty members. All the schools involved were engaged in at least partially successful change efforts, though not all schools were implementing the same new practices. This report presents the study's essential findings in six categories, the first four in roughly chronological form: starting the change process, selecting new practices, implementing the practices, evaluating the program results, relating the practices to other changes, and assessing the school climates involved. Among the findings were the following: (1) concerns about student outcomes were major factors in decisions to seek change; (2) principals, teachers, and instructional assistants were seen as having the greatest influence in decisions to adopt new practices; (3) the planning for, support for, and freedom to adapt the new practices were generally considered adequate; (4) the impact of the changes was regarded by most respondents as moderate; and (5) faculty members were interested in being involved in change efforts that were not overly demanding. Several tables are included. (PGD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (67th, San Francisco, CA, April 16-20, 1986).