ERIC Number: ED420672
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Maximizing the Effectiveness of External Consultants in the Educational Reform Agenda.
Factors that contribute to the success of an educational consultant and the school partnership were studied through a qualitative exploration of the consultant's role in two reform efforts. The study explored the work of one educational consultant in two school districts, one in which the consultant had been working for 27 years and one in which she had been working for less than 2 years. Both districts were in upscale suburbs of New York City. Two distinct models emerged from the study data, one was referred to as consultant-as-voice and the other as client-as-voice. In the consultant-as-voice model, the consultant worked directly with the participants, usually with the client present. In the client-as-voice mode, she worked directly with the client, usually in the absence of the other participants, to build capacity in the client in both content and process. The consultant's success depended on her ability to overcome any negative influence of the site-specific factors studied (principal, internal facilitator, clarity of reform goals, organizational culture, and knowledge of the change process) and to capitalize on positive site factors. Findings emphasize the importance of values shared between consultant and client, especially the importance of these values in the selection of the consultant. Findings also support the literature regarding the importance of the principal in school reform. (Contains 6 figures and 51 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Innovative Designs for Education Corp., Ramsey, NJ.
Identifiers - Location: New York