ERIC Number: ED474989
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Managing Change To Improve Learning.
This document is a chapter in "The Principles and Practice of Educational Management," which aims to provide a systematic and analytical introduction to the study of educational management. The structure of the book reflects the main substantive areas of educational leadership and management, and most of the major themes are covered in the volume's 19 chapters, of which this is one. This chapter looks at the important mediational function of education leaders. Schools frequently must navigate between the external contexts and the internal processes when coping with externally imposed changes, and to bring about effective change, school leaders need to look at schools from the perspectives of their students. Since schools are socially constructed organizations made up of individuals, teachers and leaders must work with people and try to reconcile their conflicting perspectives. The strategy for implementing action can be expressed through a plan, which should be developed by consulting all the relevant staff and students, and if necessary, parents of the school. Leaders need to be especially sensitive to the professional development of teachers as they try to cope with changes. In any type of change, teachers' leadership is crucial to the plan's success. The types of knowledge and understanding that teachers require to be successful in the classroom are not only subject knowledge, but also social knowledge about the dynamics of students and student groups in their social contexts. School leaders can facilitate improvements in teaching and learning by helping teachers critically appraise their current teaching practices and explore how they can be improved. (Contains 69 references.) (RJM)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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Note: In: The Principles and Practice of Educational Management; see EA 032 295.