Ase Study–A critical analysis of change in the workplace

EDUC7101 Meeting the Challenges of Educational Change
Assignment Two: Case Study--A critical analysis of change in the workplace
Task Description:
This assignment is intended as an opportunity for you to undertake your own critical analysis of one or more central topics covered in the course and one that is directly relevant to your workplace (or one that you know well). That is, the focus of the paper is a case study of your workplace (eg your school) you will critically examine a change (process) relevant to that workplace, using the literature as a framework for your analysis and discussion.

Your essay should draw upon the Learning Guide and Course Reader for the Assignment. You are encouraged to draw on other readings as well.

The following statement provides a focus for your critical analysis:

 Successful change is a major challenge for education today, whether at a sytem level or an individual institutional (ie school) level. Examine a change (process) in your workplace and critically analyse its successes and failures (if any) in light of the relevant literature. Your paper should be in the form of a case study that shows the theory-practice links and your applied understandings of some of the relevant change literature.

EDUC7101  Meeting the challenges of educational change


The following comments are suggestions only and you may decide to prepare and present your paper in a different format  the only requirement is that you answer the question!

Identify the key change focus to be addressed in your paper. Try to select one that is of interest to you and is relevant to your workplace (or one that you know well)  make up a TITLE for your paper and make sure that it is actually what you write about. You can focus on a change process* that occurred in the past or one that is still underway. Think of questions to focus your thinking like: what happened in this change process? Did it work well? If not why not, who were the key players, what did they do  was it successful? etc etc etc

Start with an INTRODUCTION that outlines these key ideas/concepts/issues and tells the reader what your paper (in very summary form) is about  that is, set the scene for the reader. This does not have to be too long/detailed. Remember, the key aim of this paper is to be able to make the theory (i.e. the literature) to practice (your workplace or one you know well) links.

Include a LITERATURE REVIEW** about the key ideas/concepts/issues that you have chosen ensure that you (i) show you have read some of the important literature in the area(s)  use the text, Readings and other materials and (ii) have engaged with this literature  i.e. you have read it, understood it, analysed it and have been able to synthesise out some of the big messages. This will be used in your analysis  see below.

Now provide the reader with a short statement (no more than 3 paras) that gives some important details about the CONTEXT i.e. what are some of the important characteristics, people, pressures etc that are important about your workplace that help the reader understand how you are going to  apply the theory as a lens of/for explanation/analysis of the change process.

Now, use the lens of the literature review (i.e. the theory) to ANALYSE*** your workplace with respect to the change you have identified in your Introduction and possibly in your TITLE. Make sure you do use the literature in this analysis  see the questions above as ideas for this. Remember you are critiquing not just criticising!

Now, pull your paper together with a good CONCLUSION that draws out, in summary, what you think are the key findings identified from your analysis.

* the term process is used as a general term to encompass the change you are dealing with
** make sure you get your referencing right  use APA
*** to assist in your analysis, you might like to talk with some people in your workplace about your study  do NOT make this formal in the way of interviews but keep as informal chats  use as a means of  checking your own views and to avoid bias.