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ERIC Number: ED453598
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Apr
Pages: 49
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Innovation in Schools: Identifying a Framework for Initiating, Sustaining and Managing Them.
Sharma, Rajeev
Innovations in educational organizations have not received the same attention as those in business organizations. To flourish at a school-organization level, and be replicated in other institutions, the mechanisms that sustain and encourage innovations must be understood clearly. A study examined innovations adopted at four schools to uncover the system and processes conducive to their sustenance. The four schools identified use a range of innovations in the areas of pedagogy, curriculum, evaluation, administration, and resource mobilization. Findings indicate the important role of leadership, particularly during formative stages. Openness in vertical and horizontal communication and establishing a wide network appeared to be critical in later stages of program implementation. The innovative schools developed effective systems for monitoring, mobilizing community support, establishing procedures for teachers' training, and instituting participative systems of management. The findings indicate that innovations do not have to be resource intensive and involve exceptional individuals, but require sustained effort. Implications for management of innovations in schools and directions for future research are examined. (Contains 72 references.) (TEJ)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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