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Education Research International
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 963237, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2011/963237
Research Article

The Cyclical Integration Model as a Way of Managing Major Educational Change

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle 6959, Australia

Received 24 August 2010; Accepted 1 November 2010

Academic Editor: Phillip J. Belfiore

Copyright © 2011 Richard G. Berlach. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Where minds meet, there lies the change vector. With regard to change management, however, minds regularly fail to meet in the crucial change space. They either unwittingly zip past each other, deliberately avoid one another, or worse still, collide with excruciating impact. This paper examines the interrelated role of government, the public service and professionals in successfully transitioning major change initiatives. It is argued that unless these agencies operate in synchrony, change negotiation is likely to be hampered. To this end, a model of “Cyclical Integration” is presented and supported by driving questions for each of the three agencies facilitating the change process. Although it is considered that these questions are sufficiently broad to encompass change management across any number of enterprises, what is being considered in this paper is the arena of compulsory education.