ERIC Number: ED406748
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Jan
Conditions That Facilitate the School Restructuring Process: Perceptions of Educational Personnel in Restructured Schools.
Martin, Earin M.
Proponents of school restructuring agree that it must occur with support from all stakeholder groups. This paper presents findings of a study that examined to what extent educational personnel engaged in restructuring (principals, teachers, and external facilitators of change) agreed or disagreed that 60 conditions identified in the research literature facilitated restructuring of their school. The study also examined the degree of consensus among and within the three groups on the conditions they believed to be most difficult to achieve in the restructuring process. A survey of 303 educational personnel in the Texas Partnership Schools Initiative elicited a total of 256 responses (67 principals, 172 teachers, and 17 facilitators), almost an 85 percent response rate. Principals consistently identified the following conditions as most difficult to achieve: cooperation and trust between and among all levels of personnel; ability of the staff to deal with other staff who resist change; adequate time and technical support for teachers; time during regular working hours to participate in shared decision making, professional development, or team planning; and sufficient district funds to carry out restructuring initiatives. Two of the conditions identified as most critical to restructuring were also identified as the most difficult to achieve: (1) cooperation and trust among all levels; and (2) time during regular working hours. A conclusion is that those involved in restructuring should mutually determine the level, degree, or extent of the presence of the conditions that will be acceptable to all involved and then should continuously monitor the degree of presence of the conditions. Implications for external facilitators, partnerships, pilot program and practices, and leadership are highlighted. A copy of the questionnaire is included. (Contains 92 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southwest Educational Research Association (20th, Austin, TX, January 1997).