Managing Complex Educational Change: Large Scale Reorganisation of Schools by Keith PocklingtonManaging Complex Educational Change: Large Scale Reorganisation of Schools by Keith Pocklington

Managing Complex Educational Change: Large Scale Reorganisation of Schools

byKeith Pocklington, Michael WallaceEditorKeith Pocklington

Paperback | June 28, 2002

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Why is educational change becoming more complex? Are there patterns in this complexity? How may managers cope effectively with complex educational change?
This book investigates initiatives to reorganise school systems, involving highly emotive closures and mergers. It reveals how reorganisation was a complex change to manage because it was large-scale, componential, systematic, differentially impacting and context dependent. These characteristics affected management tasks, generating ambiguity in the change process that limited managers' capacity to control it. The authors offer four management themes as realistic strategies for coping with complex educational change:
*flexible planning and coordination
*culture building and communication
*differentiated support
Managing Complex Educational Changeis essential reading for all concerned with educational change - managers in schools and colleges, students on advanced courses, trainers, local and regional administrators, academics and policy makers. The research has general implications for the theory and practice of managing complex change.
Mike Wallace, May 9, 1918 - Mike Wallace was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, on May 9, 1918. He attended the University of Michigan, graduating in 1939 with a Bachelor of Arts. After graduating college, Wallace became a newscaster announcer and continuity writer for the local radio station, Wood Wash, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from ...
Title:Managing Complex Educational Change: Large Scale Reorganisation of SchoolsFormat:PaperbackPublished:June 28, 2002Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0415200970

ISBN - 13:9780415200974

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"Mike Wallace and Keith Pocklington take on the task of explicating how the management of highly complex change may occur within education. Specifically, Wallace and Pocklington offer a highly nuanaced and insightful analysis of the vast educational reorganization of British schools throughout the latter half of the 1990's... This book offers an important opportunity to rethink how we view complex educational change, especially in regards to the individuals involved."-Teacher's College Record