Mandated Change : Can it be Made to Work?

Year: 1992

Author: Braithwaite, R. J.

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Many changes introduced into schools are introduced as mandated changes by politicians and/or educational administrators. Such a decision-making process is contrary to the prevailing views espoused in many studies examining effective change processes. Yet for the most part much of this research is based on schools initiating their own curriculum changes. Few studies examine the effectiveness of state mandated changes imposed on schools. This study examines the implementation of one mandated change in a group of Australian secondary schools and evaluates teachersÕ perceptions of the impact of the mandated change on their schools. Using the model of implementation advocated by Crandall and his co-workers the factors that promoted and hindered the change are examined.