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ERIC Number: ED443180
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 17
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The Wisdom of Solomon: Achieving Equity in Large Scale Reorganisation of Schooling.
Wallace, Mike
This paper describes how characteristics of complex educational change can hinder efforts to achieve equity. It reports that factors beyond the control of educational leaders may hamper their wish of equality. The article is based on an investigation of large-scale local education areas (LEAs) and how initiatives to reorganize schools were managed in the LEAs and the schools. The research concentrated on what happened across the different administrative levels of the education system and the short- and medium-term consequences for school staff once reorganization was complete. To gather data, semistructured interviews and document surveys that concentrated on managing the implementation of approved reorganization proposals were conducted. Results show that the reorganization affected thousands of people, and the many facets of reorganization had different effects on the people involved. Individuals at the school level perceived reorganization as inherently inequitable due to factors beyond their control. Those working in middle schools were particularly threatened as middle-school students were reassigned to elementary schools or high schools. Also, the reorganization initiatives consisted of many interrelated and differentiated parts so that different levels of reorganization occurred among LEAs, resulting in an unequal distribution of power and efforts at equity. (Contains 22 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)