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ERIC Number: EJ812671
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0271-6062
Debunking the Myths about Change
Chirichello, Michael
Principal, v88 n1 p28-32 Sep-Oct 2008
When principals travel down the road of change, they often find potholes of resistance, many resulting from misconceptions about the process. In this article, the author debunks five myths about change: (1) Change is always the answer; (2) The destination is more important than the journey; (3) Change depends on the principal's leadership; (4) "Change or else"; and (5) Teachers resist change. He believes that implementing change is tough work. It requires principals to take risks, try new ideas, create a culture in which collegiality and collaboration are valued, be passionate about the changes they seek, and explore new ideas with a sense of wonder, curiosity, and creativity. Effective principals understand how to work around the potholes and how to fly the kite as they go from the old through the change transition, and arrive at new beginnings. (Contains 3 online resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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