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2009 Structural Review of the Northern Territory Department of Education and Training : delivering the goods



2009 Structural Review of the Northern Territory Department of Education and Training : delivering the goods

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Ladwig and Sarra


Ladwig, James; Sarra, Chris


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Cover title. Report includes Northern Territory Government Media Release -" Education Restructure – Next Building Block for Excellence" by Paul Henderson.




Northern Territory -- Education

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Northern Territory Government

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66 p. : col. ill. ; 30 cm.

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Attribution International 4.0 (CC BY 4.0)

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Northern Territory Government



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25 March 2009 19 Findings General Analysis: Organisational structures and organisational culture Findings will be analysed as relating to both organisational structures and cultures. The relationship between these two phenomena needs to be clear, since many of the difficulties facing DET are cultural in nature. Organisational structures can not guarantee improvements in organisational cultures without clear leadership and strong processes established within those structures. The relationship between organisational structure and organisational cultures has been well documented and explored in the broader literature on school restructuring. The basic parameters of that work indicate that the relationship between organisational structures and cultures is neither simple nor direct. That is, while it is clear the organisational structures can prevent high quality performance in schooling, it is equally clear that structural change to schools and school systems can not in itself produce high quality performance. The relationship between organisational structures and cultures in schooling is thereby asymmetric and non-determinative. For any school system to promote high quality performance, clear structural change and overt cultural change are needed simultaneously. To facilitate this understanding for the NT DET, the review highlights the following notable general findings in relation to each area of organisational change needed. For each finding, the empirical basis of that finding is noted below. Organisational Structure There are several critical observations relating to the overall organisational structure of NT DET, but it is clear that these observations can be understood as part of two overarching dilemmas face by DET which result from its current structure. These two dilemmas have been identified as being: Structural incoherence, and; A lack of focus on the quality of performance and results. Each of these general dilemmas and the structural observations relating to them are presented below. Structural incoherence Structural incoherence with DET was a consistent theme, from the general overview of the system presented through to day-to-day operations reported to the review.