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ERIC Number: EJ971064
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-May-18
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
ISSN: ISSN-1207-7798
Change Forces: Implementing Change in a Secondary School for the Common Good
Melville, Wayne; Bartley, Anthony; Weinburgh, Molly
Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, n133 May 2012
In this article, we investigate the change forces that act on administrators, subject department chairpersons and teachers as they seek to implement a change in a Canadian secondary school. Using a case study methodology, our analysis of the data uses Sergiovanni's (1998) six change forces: bureaucratic, personal, market, professional, cultural, and democratic forces. Our interpretation supports the importance of the principal and administrators, working together with teachers, in implementing change. The analysis points to the chairperson of subject departments having a crucial, but often overlooked, role in the implementation of change. Three key co-requisites that allow chairpersons to play this critical role are: the existence of a school-level democratic commitment to the common good that guides the work of professional learning; the location of professional learning within departments to operationalise the common good; and, the capacity of the chairperson to fulfil their role as an instructional leader in the fullest sense of the term.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada