ERIC Number: ED311555
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Mar
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Political Change in a School District Leading to Cultural Change in a High School.
Reed, Donald B.; Johnson-Howard, Debra
To construct the outlines of a theoretical model relating contextual political change in a school district to cultural organizational change in a school within the district, a political change in a specific school district and the resultant cultural change in one of the district's high schools were analyzed. The school district, chosen to ensure a level of generalizability, had a student enrollment of about 10,000, had two high schools whose student enrollments were 1,000 and 1,200, respectively, and had experienced important political changes between 1977 and 1985 as increasing suburbanization occurred. Retrospective methods associated with the Dissatisfaction Theory of Democracy were used to collect data regarding the political change within the district, and traditional qualitative field methods were utilized to collect data concerning the cultural change of the high school. Theoretically, policy changes based on changed community member values do have an impact on individual school culture. The analysis showed that the in-migration of new business, industry, and families that transformed the community values drove important political changes within the school board that led to the appointment of a new superintendent and to policy changes that affected individual schools within the district. (8 references) (KM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, March 27-31, 1989).