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Implementing educational policy at the school level - Organization dynamics and teacher concerns

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Difficulties in implementing change in schools have been explained either by referring to the concerns of teachers or to the organizational dynamics of the school. This article presents a framework in which these two sets of factors are linked. It is suggested that the school, in responding to major policy change, triggers specific organizational issues that in turn will arouse specific concerns on the part of the individual teacher. The implementation of major change is seen as the resolution of these issues and their related concerns. The framework maps the interplay of organizational issues and personal concerns; it serves as a reflection on the dynamics of change and on the management of "the implementing school".
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Keywords: Implementation; Organizational Theory; Policy; Schools; Teachers

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 14, 2001

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