Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: September 15, 2007 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412939584 | Print ISBN: 9780761930877 | Online ISBN: 9781412939584| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
James W. Keefe
The J-curve is a graphic of a frequency distribution that visualizes change process, growth, or achievement. The J-curve most often is used to represent what happens when change is introduced into a relatively stable or traditional system. Participants in stable or traditional organizations may range from those who want no change of any kind to those who feel that drastic change is needed. In a school, the reasons for change might range from mandated programs from the district or the demand from the state to raise low or falling standardized test scores to the desire of the school staff to implement an academic program that is more responsive to the needs of all the students in the school. The J-curve (see Figure 1 ) ...