Which one of the following action by the principal would not be constructive in addressing the teachers’ concerns?
A few days after the first group of teachers approaches the principal, the second group of teachers expresses that they neither wish to not feel obligated to host a Web page. They have asked to meet with the principal to discuss their concerns.
A. Pointing out ways the teachers will benefit from hosting a Web page B. Proposing a deadline by which all teachers should have a basic Web page posted on the site C. Providing access to support personnel to help teachers create and maintain a Web page D. Including representatives from the group when planning guidelines on how to develop a Web page
B is the answer to this. Imposing a deadline will make the teachers feel pressured so they might not be able to focus on what the main goal of the plan is, which is to help them see why the change is required. At the same time, they need to know the benefits of the change.
Providing a deadline can make teachers and all the other people involved to start hating the proposed change instead of embracing it. The resistance of teachers should be lessened, which explains why B should not be done. All the other choices can be very effective in promoting change soon.
Proposing a deadline by which all teachers
should have a basic Web page posted on
This question focuses on the school leaders
knowledge of practices that support change.
Research indicates that the practices described
in (A), (C), and (D) support change by helping
participants see personal benefit from the
change, by providing support during the
change process, and by including them in
related decisions. Forcing change by imposing
a deadline (B) is likely to increase teachers
resistance rather than reduce it. Therefore, the
correct answer is (B).