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Meeting the demands of the public, policymakers, and the private sector have spurred Education School (Ed School) leaders to find ways of working smarter as well as harder. The American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education conducted a telephone survey of 32 Education School deans and directors to determine the catalyst and the rationale for change, nature of changes made, and current status. Fifteen schools reported that their reorganization was internally instigated and 13 reported it was externally instigated; an additional 3 reported both types as primary factors. Among those schools reporting external initiative factors, downsizing and fiscal constraints were most prevalent. Among those schools reporting internal factors, the predominant rationale was program improvement. It appears that those schools citing external factors were more likely to focus initially on organizational structure rather than on program design, while those citing internal factors attested to program design as a starting point with structure following suit. A capsule description for each responding Ed School appears in tables, and a list of survey respondents is provided. (ND)

Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, Organizational Climate, Organizational Objectives, Planning, Program Design, Schools of Education, Teacher Education Programs

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Author: Yff, Joost


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