ERIC Number: ED336837
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990
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Planning Education Reforms in Developing Countries: The Contingency Approach. Duke Press Policy Studies Series.
Rondinelli, Dennis A.; And Others
Focusing on education improvement programs in developing countries, this book offers a set of guidelines for applying contingency theory in planning such projects and for selecting appropriate management strategies to implement them. The success of people-centered development programs depends on planners' ability to tailor services to different groups' particular needs and changing people's behavior so that they may more effectively help themselves. The first chapter reviews experience with education improvement plans funded by international assistance organizations such as the World Bank, identifies education innovation characteristics, and traces their implications for selecting project management strategies. Chapter 2 reviews contingency theory, and chapter 3 describes an operational framework for using it to analyze the management requirements of a project and the management capacity of implementing agencies. The next four chapters thoroughly discuss the main elements of contingency analysis, including the environment, task innovation, cultural values, management structures, and organizational structures. The final chapter shows how planners can use the results of these analyses to develop management capacity in organizations that will carry out educational reforms and to modify project and program designs to increase the chances for success. (134 references) (MLH)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Developing Nations, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Planning, Program Implementation
Duke University Press, 6697 College Station, Durham, NC 27708 ($15.91 prepaid; $2.00 postage and handling).
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