ERIC Number: ED420470
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Managing Change in Small Scottish Primary Schools. SCRE Research Report Series.
Wilson, Valerie; McPake, Joanna
This report describes Scottish research on ways in which headteachers in small primary schools managed mandated changes. The research focused on implementation of four recent major initiatives: 5-14 Curriculum Guidelines, School Development Planning, Staff Development and Appraisal, and Devolved School Management. Research methods included a national survey of all 863 small (fewer than 121 students) primary schools (708 responses) and 18 case studies. Chapters in the report cover: (1) research outline, aims, and methods; (2) the literature on Scottish small schools, headteachers' leadership style and career progression, and management support and development in small schools; (3) characteristics of Scottish small schools (enrollments, numbers of teachers, location, adequacy of facilities); (4) characteristics of headteachers (gender, age, qualifications, career histories, rural roots, management experience and training, future career plans); (5) implementation of the four major initiatives (extent of implementation, climate of change, headteachers' attitudes toward change, management activities overall and for each initiative, profile of "advanced" implementers); (6) elements of a small-school management style; (7) professional development and support for small schools and community support; and (8) recommendations for headteachers, Educational Authorities, and national bodies to support further development of managerial skills among headteachers in small schools. Contains 42 references. Appendixes include summary of legislation and guidelines affecting Scottish headteachers' management role (1980-96); summary of issues from previous research; methodology outline; and questionnaires and response summaries. (SV)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Administrator Effectiveness, Change Strategies, Educational Change, Educational Needs, Elementary Education, Elementary Schools, Foreign Countries, Management Development, National Surveys, Principals, Rural Schools, School Administration, Small Schools
Scottish Council for Research in Education, 15 St. John St., Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 8JR, United Kingdom; (10 British pounds).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Scottish Office Education and Industry Dept., Edinburgh.
Authoring Institution: Scottish Council for Research in Education, Edinburgh.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)