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Readiness for Change: Evidence from a Study of Early Childhood Care and Education Centers

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  • Orla Doyle

    (Geary Institute University College Dublin)

  • Caitríona Logue

    (Geary Institute University College Dublin)

  • Kelly McNamara

    (Geary Institute University College Dublin)

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This study examines factors that influence staff members’ readiness for change in early childhood settings in Ireland. The introduction of a new national framework, designed to improve the quality of Early Childhood Care and Education Centers (ECCECs), has been piloted in several communities. This study measures support for this change in organizational practices using the Organizational Change Recipients’ Belief Scale and uses correlation analysis to determine how readiness for change is linked to job satisfaction and the work environment. Results show that individual staff characteristics had little impact on support for the change, while factors related to group dynamics were significantly associated with readiness for change. Specifically, a positive work environment and greater job satisfaction were associated with a lower belief that there is a need for change, but a higher belief that the staff will be supported by management if the change is introduced.

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  • Orla Doyle & Caitríona Logue & Kelly McNamara, 2009. "Readiness for Change: Evidence from a Study of Early Childhood Care and Education Centers," Working Papers 200933, Geary Institute, University College Dublin.
  • Handle: RePEc:ucd:wpaper:200933
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