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ERIC Number: ED421739
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Mar
Pages: 35
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Designing High Performing Learning Communities.
Duffy, Francis; Blick, Charles
This paper describes a new and innovative approach to school improvement called Knowledge Work Supervision (KWS). KWS draws on individual and team-based knowledge work; uses school-community strategic planning methods; encourages participative work redesign; and redesigns knowledge work, social architecture, and environmental relationships. KWS offers a systemic way to examine and simultaneously improve three sets of critical variables affecting the overall performance of school districts: work processes, social architecture, and environmental relations. The principles of organizational design--the bureaucratic organization and the democratic self-managing organization--and the effects of each of these principles on a school system are outlined. The nature of knowledge work in school systems--how it is nonlinear and primarily manifested in classroom teaching--is described. The text stresses the importance of team-based knowledge work and how such an approach can improve entire school systems. It also emphasizes the uniqueness of each district and presents two ways in which to align a school system with the needs and expectations of its environment. Two tables and three figures further explain design principles and KWS. (Contains 35 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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