ERIC Number: ED360733
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
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A Case of Distributed Leadership: Middle School Transformation beyond Initial Transition.
Polite, Mary M.
This paper presents findings of a case study conducted at a middle school to understand how substantive change occurs in a school that has moved beyond the initial transition stage. The study was conducted during the 1991-92 school year at Cross Keys Middle School in Florissant, Missouri, which was changing from a traditional junior high school to a middle school. Methodology included document analysis, informal interviews with school staff, observation, and formal interviews with 19 classroom teachers, 3 counselors, and 3 administrators. Five themes were identified to describe changes that occurred in the school--mission rearticulation, structural realignment, program redefinition, role renegotiation, and power redistribution. A leadership typology was developed to describe school leaders who emerged as power was redistributed. Based on the five themes, a change-interaction diagram was developed to describe how the connections between and among the school's mission, structure, roles, program, and leaders created a culture of conflict and tension. Because the school was willing to embrace conflict as an acceptable byproduct of change, some staff experienced a shift in their paradigms about teaching and learning. Appendices contain the interview protocol, a bibliography of documents, two tables, and two figures. (Contains 12 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
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