`This is an exceptional book. It tempted me to throw out most of my collected works on the management of change, because the author has somehow succeeded by including almost every aspect of educational change that any practitioner would wish to consider....Overall this is a very stimulating book. It is packed with information and the ideas and concepts contained could pack a school development plan for many years' - School Leadership and Management The theories and practices from the literature on business, manufacturing and commerce which inform principles for managing change in education are identified in this book.The author shows how the complexity of change can be addressed effectively. O
Chapter 2: Elements of Change
Elements of Change
Change can be regarded as a dynamic and continuous process of development and growth that involves a reorganization in response to ‘felt needs’. It is a process of transformation, a flow from one state to another, either initiated by internal factors or external forces, involving individuals, groups or institutions, leading to a realignment of existing values, practices and outcomes.
Needs assessment/analysis is an important feature in commencing the planning of change. Here the question of a definition of need (e.g. as discrepancy, as preference, as want, as deficit, as desired, as necessary) leads planners to assess the size of the need, the priorities for the needs, the numbers of people who are likely to be affected, the consequences if the ...