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ERIC Number: ED353320
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
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When Is a School District Ready for Change? An Evaluation.
Peterson, Marilyn J.
The beliefs and values of teachers and administrators in one school district regarding their desire and capacity to change and on helping school leaders plan the change process were evaluated, in light of the America 2000/Nebraska 2000 community school campaign. This report summarizes the evaluation focus, procedures for data collection and analysis, and results. The overall evaluation plan was to join this school district in the process of change and respond to their needs as appropriately as possible. Unstructured interviews were conducted with teachers and administrators in seven buildings. Five questions addressed staff reactions and behaviors related to changes that had been accomplished in the district, general attitude or desire to change, and feelings of the comprehensiveness or span of change that staff would like to see. The transcribed interviews were analyzed for strong beliefs and values. Each participant reviewed and responded to a draft report. A final report was prepared for the school board and administrators and teachers involved, which was biased in a favorable position toward the school system and designed to unify participants. Several topics were found in responses to more than one question (parent involvement, community support and responsibility, commitment to meeting student needs, greater spread of abilities/achievement within classrooms, staff are hoping/willing to make changes but expect support, teachers want more input in decision making, students and society have changed, early intervention in primary grades is important, and lack of continuity between buildings). An appendix lists proposed changes. (RLC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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