ERIC Number: ED306775
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Successfully Implementing Educational Change and Innovation.
Stoynoff, Stephen J.
A review of literature on organizational theory and educational administration focuses on strategies for successful introduction of planned curriculum changes or program improvements in English-as-a-Second-Language programs. Three important considerations in the implementation of change--the nature of educational organizations, the change process, and appropriate change strategies for improving educational programs--are addressed. A list of specific suggestions for those intending to introduce a curriculum change or programming innovation is provided, including: (1) fostering an atmosphere promoting change; (2) building consensus by compromising with and coopting those who resist change and reassuring those who do not; (3) instilling confidence by demonstrating mastery of the details and specifics related to the proposed change; (4) appreciating the importance of timing; (5) adapting proposed changes or innovations to the specific setting in which they will be implemented; (6) adequately communicating with and disseminating information regarding the change to all affected individuals and units; (7) ensuring that key individuals support the innovation, if possible, before attempting to broaden support; (8) expanding support among like-minded individuals and beginning to build coalitions; (9) building in rewards and incentives to promote cooperation among other units and outside individuals; and (10) preparing for a postadaptation period. (MSE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (23rd, San Antonio, TX, March 7-11, 1989).