ERIC Number: EJ1150248
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Build the K-8 House: One Superintendent's Misaligned Mandate and the Roadblocks to School Reform
Dotger, Benjamin H.; Mangram, Jeffrey A.
Planning and Changing, v39 n1-2 p2-20 2008
When school personnel are confronted with initiatives that require changes in scholastic curricula, processes, programs, or structures, there is often a naturally occurring defensiveness against, instead of an open embrace of, new educational innovations (Hall & Hord, 2006). This article examines a whole-school reform initiative, specifically following a school reform committee's affective responses to a mandated reform presented by the district superintendent. The authors examine the superintendent's initial mandate for reform, its misalignment with prominent theories of school change, the resulting affective roadblocks in the reform process, and the actions taken to clear the roadblocks and salvage the reform initiative. Their analysis and interpretation of the reform committee's anxieties, thoughts, failures, and forward progressions further support Fuller's (1969) concerns theory. Implications center on the convergence of the data with Fuller's theory and the importance of considering the affective dimensions of school personnel when initiating school reform endeavors. It is this depiction of Fuller's theory in direct praxis that offers school leadership personnel a glimpse into more effectively fostering school reform efforts.
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Elementary Schools, Middle Schools, Educational Change, Urban Schools, Superintendents, Alignment (Education), Barriers, Program Implementation, Program Design, Participant Observation
Department of Educational Administration and Foundations. College of Education, Illinois State University, Campus Box 5900, Normal, IL 61790-5900. Tel: 309-438-2399; Fax: 309-438-8683; Web site: http://education.illinoisstate.edu/planning/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina
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