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ERIC Number: ED380876
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Department Heads in Transition. Final Report.
Hannay, Lynne M.
This paper presents findings of a study that examined outcomes of a professional-development program designed to help department heads in Ontario, Canada, facilitate change in secondary schools. Department heads in three schools in two Roman Catholic school districts in Ontario participated in the program. The heads were faced with implementing change as a part of the Ministry of Education's move from top-down to school-based management. Data were derived from observation and interviews with department heads. Whether the program was successful in facilitating change in the three schools was difficult to determine. However, it did provide participants with the opportunity to reflect on the educational context and ways to revise the operation of that context. The program also provided support for a change in the role of department heads. It is recommended that organizational structures be revised to provide a more active and sustained role for department heads, helping them become more collaborative and less managerial. Second, secondary school administrators must perceive the heads as part of a decision-making team. Finally, school district administrators need to define heads as active leaders and provide them with sustained professional-development support. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Canada