ERIC Number: ED385004
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Oct-13
Making "Connections": A Frames Analysis Perspective on the Implementation of an Innovative Pilot Program.
This paper examines the experience of one school in southern Ohio in implmenting an interdisciplinary pilot program during the 1993-94 school year. The Connections program at Cedar City High School was designed to encompass the content areas of English, science, and social studies. The program derived its name from its interdisciplinary goals of designing instruction so that student would come to understand the interrelatedness, or connections, between subject area. The program served a heterogeneous ninth-grade cohort, including students with learning disabilities. Data were obtained through observation; document analysis; and interviews with teachers, the principal, and the assistant superintendent. Bolman and Deal's (1991) four frames of organizational analysis--structural, human resources, political, and symbolic--were used to examine the relationships between and among frames. Faced with uncertainty, the Connections teachers initially relied strongly on creating a separate Connections culture through rituals and symbols. However, the two worlds could not be totally separated; differences in structure, scheduling and grading, and resource allocation were sources of conflict. Within the program's teaching team, the structures and symbols created by the teachers supported collaborative opportunities. In the final analysis, teacher orientation (their value dispositions) proved the most important in sustaining collegial community. (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-Western Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, October 12-15, 1994).