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ERIC Number: ED440429
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Oct
Pages: 34
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Uncovering the Potential Contradictions in Reconstitution Reforms: A Working Paper.
Malen, Betty; Croninger, Robert; Redmond, Donna; Muncey, Donna
This paper offers an analysis of the "theories of action" embedded in reconstitution reforms. Reconstitution is a reform strategy in which all, or a large percentage, of a school's incumbent administrators and teachers are replaced with educators presumed to be more capable and committed. The report is based on evidence acquired from a 2-year study that documented what may actually happen when reconstitution occurs. Exploratory case studies of three reconstituted schools (one middle, two elementary) in a single district provided the primary data for the report. The findings reveal stark contradictions between the theories of action embedded in the reform and the actual experiences with the reform. These patterns suggest that the reconstitution initiatives may reflect some of the fundamental tensions embedded in two different and incompatible approaches to reform. Although reconstitution would seem to fall clearly in the control camp, the rendition of reconstitution that was examined turned out to be a hybrid reform that combined tenets of control strategies with tenets of commitment strategies. In essence, the district was to be both the punitive and supportive agent. The act of reconstitution implicitly blamed site participants for the condition of schools. Promises of substantial support never materialized. (Contains 25 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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