ERIC Number: ED431223
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Self-Renewing Secondary Schools: The Relationship between Structural and Cultural Change.
Hannay, Lynne M.; Ross, John A.
This paper explores the deep-reform efforts of 9 secondary schools over a 3-year period. The reforms occurred in an Ontario, Canada, school district that empowered their secondary schools to develop site-specific organizational structures that deviated from the traditional subject, departmental structure. The sample for the study included all individuals in the new administrative positions and all secondary-school principals in the school district. A total of 180 interviews were conducted. The study focused on the relationship between restructuring and "reculturing" in secondary schools. The results suggest that two key factors of restructuring facilitate reculturing: structural evolution and new roles and relationships. The paper presents findings on structural evolution; the acceptance of contextual differences; emergent design; goal-driven models; the interactive/reflective process; broadening leadership; new ways of operating; reculturing outcomes; conspicuous reculturing outcomes; increased acceptance of, and capacity for, change; and subtle reculturing outcomes. It concludes that the restructuring process must involve participants in constructing the new organizational structures; this engagement spawned the reflection required for reculturing. The evidence suggests that structural change by itself will most likely not facilitate cultural change; rather, it is the sustained and carefully facilitated process that has the possibility of fostering cultural change. Contains 30 references. (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Sponsor: Ontario Ministry of Education and Training, Toronto.; Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada