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ERIC Number: ED452608
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 20
Abstractor: N/A
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School Renewal on a Grand Scale: Managing Complex Initiatives To Restructure Local Provision of Schooling in England.
Wallace, Mike
Strategies for initiating and sustaining complex education change, as reported in this paper, entail coordinated interaction across administrative levels of public education systems. Efforts to change schooling in England have included initiatives to downsize and reconfigure the provision of state-funded education. These efforts have created conditions for school renewal--promoting improvement in the quality of education offered in the smaller number of formally restructured institutions that survive. Large-scale local initiatives to reorganize schools provide a set of characteristics of complex educational change and change-management themes. This study hypothesizes that these characteristics are not confined to the specific complex change that restructuring schools represent through a major reorganization exercise. The study reported here was designed as a first step toward filling a gap in research-backed practical guidance that addresses the increasing complexity of educational change. A pilot study for the present research indicated that managing such a change could be highly problematic, not only because of difficulties with cross-level communication, but also due to the unintended inhibitory effect of diverse central government policies. Patterns in the complexity of educational change are revealed by analysis of the data on local education authorities' reorganization initiatives and their management implications. The analysis indicates how patterns were detectable in the complexity of the reorganization initiatives and the school-renewal efforts that flowed from them, providing practical implications for managers. (Contains 19 references.) (DFR)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)