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ERIC Number: EJ882980
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISSN: ISSN-1389-2843
Can a School Change Its Spots? The First Year of Transforming to an Innovative School
Tubin, Dorit; Ofek-Regev, Noa
Journal of Educational Change, v11 n2 p95-109 May 2010
Transforming into an innovative school is one of the strategies schools apply when facing changes in a turbulent environment. In the first year of such a transformation these schools face an essential dilemma: how to facilitate changes without jeopardizing their environmental legitimacy. Examining an Israeli elementary school as an instrumental case study through two theoretical frameworks--institutional theory and resource dependence theory--we found two ways in which the school faces this dilemma. First it seals its technical core while demonstrating the innovation by symbolical practises, and second, it employs buffering and bridging tactics in its reciprocal relations with its various partners according to the nature of their expectations. We conclude that the question is not why innovation does not change a school, but why a school needs innovation in order to change and improve. Further research directions and implications for innovative schools are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Israel