ERIC Number: ED420897
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Creating a Learning Organization. ERIC Digest, Number 121.
According to some theorists, schools that dedicate themselves to systematic, collaborative problem-solving can continually develop and implement new ideas -- becoming what is called learning organizations. Ways in which schools accomplish this transformation are discussed. Although many researchers have failed to find schools that actually become learning organizations, some investigators have begun to identify schools in which entire faculties have gained proficiency in new forms of instruction. The research has shown how schools that focused on several models of teaching, using a strong research base that included cooperative learning, concept-attainment, and synectics, were able to elevate staff learning, motivated in part by data that reveal their level of success or failure. Some studies have also pointed to changes in the workplace as a key to successful organizational learning, documenting the importance of schools providing time for teachers to reflect together. But most important is the degree to which principals and superintendents can envision themselves as "learning leaders," thereby allowing learning to become a collaborative, goal-oriented task and their organizations to be viewed as learning communities, for faculty as well as for students. (RJM)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Environment, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Faculty Development, Lifelong Learning, Organizational Objectives, Professional Development, Teacher Education
ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, 5207 University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97403-5207.
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Educational Management, Eugene, OR.