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ERIC Number: ED538314
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar-15
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Change. Research Brief
Walker, Karen
Education Partnerships, Inc.
How can change become institutionalized? With the advent of a new superintendent, principal, curriculum director and/or legislature, each of whom wants to make their mark with hopes of "improving" public education by introducing new programs, the message teachers receive from those who are not in the trenches is that they are incompetent and do not know what is best for students. Given this, it is no wonder that change is often viewed as a threat, which in turn creates fear and anxiety. As a result, what gets lost is that "Change is forever. Problems don't stay solved, so you have to learn to do the right thing over and over again." Fullan stated that it takes about six years for change to become institutionalized at the high school level. A critical aspect to take into account is that there is no one way to do it and what worked for one school may not work for another because the needs of the students as well as the culture and climate of the school are unique. In this paper, the necessary ingredients for successful change to occur are presented. (Contains 15 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Education Partnerships, Inc. (EPI)
IES Cited: ED556119