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ERIC Number: ED455568
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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Changes in Czech Education--Improvisation or a Controlled Process? The Case of Launching School Governing Bodies.
Pol, Milan; Rabusicova, Milada
This paper reports on a study of the changes that Czech education has undergone over the last decade. Many of these changes have been of a fundamental and significant nature, and have had an essential and relatively long-lasting influence on the form and behavior of the system. These changes have had their impact on the roles of people within the system as well. There have been a variety of reforms, and also a number of efforts to manage them. The study asks whether these changes have really been managed in a sophisticated way (supported by the theory of change and its management) or have been subject to improvisation by people, who usually have good intentions, but no appropriate knowledge, skills, or experience. The setting up and starting of the activities of school-governing bodies is used as an example in the study to look at whether the present situation in Czech schools is the result of qualified management or rather of improvisation. Findings indicate that the activities to launch school-governing bodies cannot be regarded as mere improvisation. However, generally speaking, these efforts do not reflect the theory and the practical experience of those who are experts in the management of organizational change. Consequently, 10 years after a fundamental socioeconomic breakthrough in Czech society, school-governing boards remain on the periphery of what schools, parents, and others are interested in. (Contains 10 references.) (DFR)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Czech Republic