ERIC Number: ED363959
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Dec-2
External Strategies for Stimulating and Supporting School Restructuring.
Porter, Andrew; Osthoff, Eric
This paper examines how school restructuring can be promoted by agencies outside the school. The first part posits a framework for designing and analyzing external strategies to promote school restructuring. This framework distinguishes between strategies that are: (1) intended to initiate versus support school restructuring; (2) comprehensive versus focused; and (3) sustained versus episodic. Strategies are also distinguished according to their consistency, prescriptiveness, authority, and power. The next part provides an overview of current strategies and situates each strategy within the framework. It describes a range of available strategies for several different types of agencies: federal, state, and district agencies; national organizations; the courts; independent developers; businesses; and teacher unions. The analysis concludes that serious gaps and some contradictions exist among the strategies. Although two promising strategies are identified--the work of professional organizations in creating a general press for reform and in creating a vision--a national strategy for promoting school restructuring is absent. Without a national strategy, the multiple strategies taken simultaneously by many different agencies are not likely to add up to a comprehensive and coherent plan. (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center on Organization and Restructuring of Schools, Madison, WI.