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ERIC Number: ED380877
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
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Secondary School Change: The Role of Department Heads.
Hannay, Lynne M.; Denby, Mae
Over the last 2 decades, education in Ontario, Canada, has undergone several changes, including an increased emphasis on process skills and the learning process itself. This paper presents findings of a study that examined the role of the secondary school department head in the change process, particularly in curriculum implementation, staff development, and the creation of opportunities for collaborative communication. Data were obtained from interviews with 35 department heads from 15 secondary schools in 1 Ontario school district. Findings indicate that the department heads did not totally understand the holistic nature of the curricular changes. They reported that they wanted to act as change agents, but needed organizational support structures. Overall, they said that they had no systematic plan for implementation, had not been active in designing or implementing staff-development programs, and had not internalized the new educational philosophies. They overwhelmingly identified staff attitude as the major barrier to implementing curricular change. At the minimum, departments must begin to develop ways to deal collaboratively with integrating subjects, developing alternative teaching strategies, and embedding professional development into the school fabric. Eighteen tables are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Canada