ERIC Number: ED371472
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Years of Transition: Times for Change. A Review and Analysis of Pilot Projects Investigating Issues in the Transition Years. Volume Two: Explaining Variations in Progress.
Leithwood, Kenneth; And Others
In 1990, the Ontario Ministry of Education implemented the Transition Years project, an initiative for restructuring middle-grades education. This document presents quantitative findings of a study that identified variations in progress among pilot school sites, with a focus on the commitment-building process. Data were derived from: (1) two surveys completed by teachers and administrators in 350 and 319 pilot sites, respectively; (2) a survey of 3,557 students in 147 out of 152 schools; and (3) a survey of principals at 147 out of 152 schools. Staffs at the pilot sites expressed commitment to the project and high levels of satisfaction. This finding supports the argument that building staff commitment is a crucial task, rather than prematurely focusing on students. Findings identify four significant issues that affect variations in program implementation--project purpose, the substance of changes to be made, leadership, and the role of the family. The following recommendations are made for building program commitment: (1) clarify the major purpose; (2) utilize transformational leadership; and (3) encourage parents and community members to assume school-level decision-making roles. (Contains 78 references.) (LMI)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Foreign Countries, Junior High Schools, Middle Schools, Program Effectiveness, Program Implementation, School Restructuring
MGS Publications Services, 880 Bay Street, 5th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M7A 1N8, Canada (4 volume set: ISBN-0-7778-1180-4).
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ontario Ministry of Education and Training, Toronto.
Identifiers - Location: Canada