This tool can be used to analyse forces that inhibite or strengthen change in school contexts. The principle of a force-field analysis was developed by Kurt Lewin, a social psychologist (1951). He “saw behaviour in an institutional setting not as a static habit or pattern, but as a dynamic balance of forces working in opposite directions”. A force-field analysis is a very useful method to analyse factors for and against the change. In the left column you list the factors that facilitate change. In the right column, you list factors that hinder the change. And in the centre column, you draw arrows that visualise the strength of that factor. In this way you map the hindering and facilitating factors for change in school contexts.
This leads to a dialogue with different stakeholders involved, and when it is embedded in the won school policy, vision and mission.Log in to view resource