ERIC Number: ED481980
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Nov
A Discussion of Change Theory, System Theory, and State Designed Standards and Accountability Initiatives.
McNeal, Larry; Christy, W. Keith
This brief paper is a presentation that preceeded another case of considering the ongoing dialogue on the advantages and disadvantages of centralized and decentralized school-improvement processes. It attempts to raise a number of questions about the relationship between state-designed standards and accountability initiatives and change and systems theory. Following are three of those questions: (1) How can centralized school-improvement processes overcome the need to be conceptualized at the local level when they are not designed locally? (2) How can the dual nature of the school-improvement process be utilized to facilitate a different model of school improvement that combines the best of centralization and decentralization? and (3) How do change and systems theory impede or facilitate stakeholders' knowledge of the school-improvement process at the local and state level. (Author)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration (Jacksonville, FL, November 1-4, 2001).