ERIC Number: ED316909
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Strategies for School Renewal: Profiling Organizational Dynamics.
O'Connell, Carleen; And Others
The changes required by many school reform policies address problems that are extremely difficult to clarify, with organizational and environmental factors densely intertwined. Accordingly, this document begins by identifying the "four C's" that must be taken into account if any strategy for school improvement is to succeed: complexity, comprehensibility, conflict, and change. It then presents and describes a change framework that directly addresses the "four C's." An instrument is included to help school officials understand where their school lies within this conceptual framework. After an extensive introductory discussion of the organizational dynamics of change, chapter II provides a review of the literature on change processes and the history of school, district, and state organizational structures. Chapter III is the instrument itself, how to administer it, and how to score it. The tryouts of the instrument in a variety of schools and districts are also discussed. Chapter IV provides a set of strategies that help the reader make sense of the scores from the instrument. Chapter V moves from the concrete steps of the strategy to the overarching elements that the models have in common and that give them larger meaning: collaboration, vision-building, action, and reflection/sense-making. Chapter VI contains concluding remarks and a wish-list for the next stages of development. Appended are a review of educational change and a list of instruments for school renewal, along with a bibliography. (TE)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Education Commission of the States, Denver, CO.