International Institute for Policy and Administrative Studies, Edith Cowan University
Place of Publication
Perth, Western Australia
School of Education, International Institute for Policy and Administrative Studies
In 1987, the Ministry of Education released a report entitled 'Better Schools in Western Australia: A Program for Improvement'.l It outlined radical proposals to make schools more self-determining and accountable. Although much of the program has yet to be put into effect, the plan and steps taken to implement it caused a major upheaval not only to the system but also to people working in it. For example: the managers of change invested a huge amount of work and worry in the whole process; some of the 'victims' of change suffered personally and professionally; and a lot of those in between were left wondering about the educational value of the reform program and its viability in terms of the additional workload involved.