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ERIC Number: ED458692
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Aug-10
Pages: 32
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Improving Student Achievement: Some Structural Incompatibilities.
Lunenburg, Fred C.
This paper examines the incompatibility between organizational structures and the efforts used to improve student learning. Following a brief introduction, it outlines why school improvement is so problematic. The essay makes the case for the incompatibility between the structure of schools and the demands for school improvement. To make this argument, it incorporates two frameworks into the discussion: Parsons' levels of organization, and Weick's loose coupling. From there, the text offers a new leadership framework that can rebuild school structure and thus better accommodate the demands for school improvement. This new framework would lend coherence to an otherwise loosely coupled system incapable of articulating effectively across levels of organization. Since sustained school improvement is not possible without a strong connection across levels of organization, a recoupling of the system would allow for a strong external infrastructure that could sustain stable political environments and facilitate the integration of resources outside the school. Three levels of organization--the technical core, managerial, and institutional--can then coalesce and allow purposeful interaction within and across these levels of organization. Some examples of the successful integration of these levels of organization are provided, along with figures and tables that document these successes. (Contains 10 tables and 52 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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