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ERIC Number: EJ1071135
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0957-8234
Change of Mind: How Organization Theory Led Me to Move from Studying Educational Reform to Pursuing Educational Design
Ogawa, Rodney T.
Journal of Educational Administration, v53 n6 p794-804 2015
Purpose: The purpose of this paper is for the author to recount how his use of organizational theory to understand educational reform in the USA led to a change of mind. Design/methodology/approach: My shift resulted from my conclusion, derived from the new institutionalism, that only marginal changes can be made in schools and, thus, fundamental change requires the design and construction of new systems. Findings: I moved from applying organization theory to find ways in which schools could improve academic outcomes for students, generally, and students from underserved communities, specifically to using organization theory to develop conditions that support efforts to design new systems to support learning. Originality/value: This paper's contribution is that it encourages students of school organization to consider applying their theoretical perspectives to designing innovative social arrangements to foster learning and teaching.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: SMA-1338411