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ERIC Number: ED401191
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
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Educational Transformation in the Czech Republic since 1989: Can a North American Model of Educational Change Be Applied?
Mays, Annabelle; And Others
The aim of this paper is twofold: (1) to examine the process of transformation of education in the Czech Republic since the Velvet Revolution of 1989; and (2) to examine this experience within the framework of the educational change and reform literature, especially the work of Michael Fullan, to determine its utility within a Central European setting and under a condition of rapid political change. The Czech experience of "sudden change" presents a unique opportunity to study the educational change process, particularly as it has been defined and understood by scholars such as S. Sarason and M. Fullan. A three-member research team visited the Czech Republic in May 1995. The team interviewed 22 key individuals in Prague, including senior members of the Ministry of Education, educators from British and U.S. organizations, teacher educators, university researchers, members of advocacy and school reform organizations. The team also visited teachers, school administrators, parents, and students from one state and two private schools. Interview transcripts, notes, and documents were analyzed in order to develop a description of the Czech experience of educational transformation and to assess the extent to which, in several areas, the transformation has occurred. In response to the question posed in the title of this paper, yes, a North American model of educational change can be applied to the Czech experience. This paper also concluded that modifications could be made to Fullan's model of factors affecting initiation of change in the educational transformation in the Czech Republic since the Velvet Revolution of 1989. The paper suggests examining the extent to which changes in the educational system have been implemented and sustained, and also using this model to view the cases of other Central and Eastern European countries. Finally, comparisons among other countries that undergo large-scale societal change through political unrest or peaceful democratization also need to be made. A figure illustrates Fullan's factors associated with initiation. Contains 20 references. (LAP)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Czech Republic