ERIC Number: ED298606
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Developing Readiness for School Improvement: Lessons of Context.
D'Amico, Joseph J.; Corbett, H. Dickson
A School Context Analysis Form, designed to access the readiness of a particular school to participate in planned change, is introduced and described. This report chronicles two improvement efforts in two different schools to demonstrate how the eight identified contextual indicators interact to influence improvement efforts. The eight factors are: (1) resources; (2) incentives and disincentives; (3) linkages; (4) priorities; (5) factions; (6) turnover; (7) current practices; and (8) prior projects. The third school discussed represents an example of a situation where context was considered prior to the improvement and manipulated in order to help ensure that the improvement would run smoothly and successfully. Based on this last experience, recommendations are offered for dealing with the eight factors and thus modifying context to support improvement. A 19-item reference list is appended. (LMS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 5-9, 1988).