ERIC Number: ED340553
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Managing Change in Rural Schools: An Action Guide.
Horsley, Donald L.; And Others
This guide, intended to help rural educators improve their school or district, connects general knowledge about educational change efforts and knowledge about conditions and characteristics specific to rural education. Chapter 1 discusses common strengths and weaknesses of rural schools and describes values and social patterns in small schools and communities. Chapter 2 explains critical dimensions of the change process and examines research that documents the experiences of rural schools attempting to adopt new practices. It describes the Concerns Based Adoption Model as a framework for understanding the changing attitudes and behaviors of teachers and administrators in an improvement program. Chapters 3, 4, and 5 deal with initiation issues: (1) preliminary tasks such as clarifying participants' desires and expectations, building relationships, and forming a school-improvement team; (2) assessment of needs and strengths, outlining the problem, and setting goals; and (3) identifying an ideal solution and the resources needed to attain it. Chapter 6 describes activities involved in preparing for implementation: creating awareness, assigning roles to participants, and making logistical arrangements. Chapters 7 and 8 discuss implementation and evaluation activities. Chapter 9 considers how to maintain and continue the change. Each of the chapters discusses the critical tasks and components of the specific phase of the improvement program, examines related research and experience in rural schools, and presents a dialogue among four rural educators. This handbook contains 33 references. (SV)
Descriptors: Adoption (Ideas), Change Agents, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Improvement Programs, Program Implementation, Rural Education, Rural Schools
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Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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