ERIC Number: ED398629
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
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A Study of Principals' Openness to Change in 168 Restructuring Schools.
Klecker, Beverly; Loadman, William E.
In Ohio, Venture Capital grants are available to schools to support their school-improvement efforts. This paper presents findings of a study that examined building principals' openness to change in the 307 Ohio schools with Venture Capital Grants. The 307 principals received by mail the Inventory of Change in Organizational Culture (Dunham and others 1989), which measured their affective, cognitive, and behavioral responses to a scenario of school-change proposals. The survey elicited a response rate of approximately 55 percent. The sample was characterized by a disproportionate number of female principals--82 males and 81 females. The principals did not show a high level of cognitive agreement with the proposed changes. Despite their negative feelings toward the proposed changes, they recognized the benefits of change to the school and were likely to take action to facilitate those changes. The women principals expressed a higher level of agreement with the changes than did the men, indicating that female principals tended to support and participate in school restructuring to a larger extent than did their male counterparts. Eight tables and a copy of the survey instrument are included. (Contains 19 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio