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Implementation of Respect

In his doctoral Pål Roland looks at the conditions for successful long-term changes, and what is good implementation quality.

Implementation is about the extensive work on making ideas, theories, programs and activities into practice. It is a complex phase change process and essential for the effect achieved. A central theme can provide a better understanding of this work is the implementation quality.

With the implementation, we understand the complex work of translating ideas, theories, programs and activities to practice. When an organization or a part of an organization decides to implement a modified work, the critical phase will be the implementation phase (Fullan, 2007).

Theory in practice

The Respect program was developed at this centre and aims to prevent and reduce problem behaviours by involving all school stakeholders. Roland has seen challenges in translating theory into practice by the introduction of school development Respect.

Roland has conducted a case study over two years. During this period he has conducted interviews with a range of teachers at three times. The study also consisted of field meetings during this time period.

- The results show that the program work was characterized by confusion and inconsistent commitment of the organization. The management and the project team had little driving force to be the engine they were intended, says Roland.

- In the case of a core component of the Respect program - the authoritative perspective - teachers express that relationship work for students is a more complex and less tangible factor to implement than efforts to control, he said.

The title of Roland’s thesis is “Implementing the school development Respect”. Pål Roland defended his thesis at the University of Stavanger on the 18th of April 2012, and he is now associate professor at the Centre for Learning Environment at the University of Stavanger.

Pål Roland

Pål Roland