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ERIC Number: ED423595
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
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From the Middle of the Pack to the Top of the Heap: A District's Odyssey through the '90s.
Harman, Patrick; Egelson, Paula
The report describes the settings of a case study of innovations in Burke County (North Carolina), provides a brief history of the county's educational efforts, and discusses some of the county's initiatives in education. For the research, multiple sources of data were used, including focus groups, interviews, and artifacts, such as memoranda and public-relations materials. Results indicate that the positive factors associated with the institutionalization of change were found across all these data sources. Some of the important elements in change included decentralizing the central office, planning, and starting small. Several factors contributed to success: maintaining focus once an initiative was under way, involving teachers in the planning and management of the innovation, and making a continual commitment to staff development. Communication and collaboration were also seen as important to the process, as were program support and followup. Administrative openness to innovation and the district's commitment to finding the necessary resources to continue initiatives likewise contributed to successful changes. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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