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.