ERIC Number: ED354600
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Aug
The Logic of School Restructuring: A Conceptual Analysis.
Johnson, Bob L., Jr.
This paper offers a new conceptual framework for thinking about school restructuring by examining the meaning and implications of restructuring as a school improvement strategy. Conceptualization efforts are organized around a set of fundamental questions: (1) What is the meaning of restructuring? (2) What makes restructuring necessary? (3) What is the "telos" of restructuring? (4) What are the focus and scope of restructuring efforts? and (5) How is restructuring to be accomplished? The "organizational restructuring" of schools refers to altering the parts of a school structure, the relationships among the parts that define the school, and the overall character of the structural entity known as the school. The desired end, or "telos," of all restructuring efforts arises from the incongruencies between the consequences of current school structure and those desired consequences dictated by dominant theory and assumptions. The common element in all structural changes, regardless of focus and change, is the restructuring of organizational roles and relationships. It is concluded that implementation of a restructuring plan is guided by several considerations: the desired ends, identification of strategic linkages within the school organization, and the focal point of restructuring efforts. Potential barriers may arise from ideological, cultural, or bureaucratic sources. (Contains 31 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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