ERIC Number: ED472820
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Asking the Right Questions: A Leader's Guide to Systems Thinking about School Improvement.
Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning, Aurora, CO.
This guidebook is designed to help school leaders think systemically as they examine school improvement issues and make decisions about change. The guidance offered is based on what has been learned from systems theory, research on school improvement, and conversations with a broad array of school leaders. Because schools are complex systems of interacting components, a small change in one part of the system may lead to significant changes in other parts or throughout the entire school. This guidebook offers a simpler process that school leaders can use to organize their thinking about school change, and thus, make better decisions. Three facets or "domains" of school systems are defined--the Technical Domain, Personal Domain, and Organizational Domain--as simplifying perspectives. To address change effectively, the three-step process of: (1) identifying and clarifying the proposed reform initiative; (2) using guiding questions for each domain to create specific questions; and (3) considering possible actions to take in response to the specific questions asked is explained. Process models are discussed that involve implementing standards in the classroom, linking staff development to student learning, and responding to accountability demands. (Contains 25 references.) (RT)
Descriptors: Administrator Guides, Educational Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Models, Program Development, Systems Approach, Systems Development
Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning, 2550 South Parker Road, Suite 500, Aurora, CO 80014. Tel: 303-337-0990; Fax: 303-337-3005; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.mcrel.org. For full text: http://www.mcrel.org/PDF/SchoolImprovementReform/AskingRightQuestions.pdf.
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning, Aurora, CO.