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ERIC Number: ED410675
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Linking the Status Quo to a Better Future: The Socio-political Environment for Ontario Secondary School Teachers and Its Implications for Policy Change.
Glassford, Larry A.
Some educators view change as a positive process producing desirable improvements; others perceive it as a threatening force producing disruption and conflict. This paper presents findings of a study that examined whether changes in teachers' work lives affected teachers' attitudes toward educational change, and whether the resulting attitudes affected the degree of teachers' engagement with the change implementation. Interviews were conducted with 9 principals and 45 teachers in 9 secondary schools in southwestern Ontario, where grades 7-9 were undergoing a move toward "downstreaming," or outcomes-based education. Teachers involved in planning, implementing, and monitoring the change process and principals reported positive attitudes; however, teachers not involved in the process expressed negative attitudes. The research appears to support the following generalizations concerning the successful implementation of educational change: (1) the proposed change must be good, and must be seen to be good, by those who are to implement it; (2) the implementers must be given the tools to do the job; and (3) although overall direction and coordination should come from the top down, room for initiative, creativity, and individualization must always be left for those who will ultimately decide the fate of the change "in the trenches"--the classroom teachers. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada