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ERIC Number: ED003126
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965-Oct-25
Pages: 144
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TRAVELING SEMINAR AND CONFERENCE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF EDUCATIONAL INNOVATIONS.
RICHLAND, MALCOLM
THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE FIELD EXTENSION SERVICE CONCEPT AS A METHOD FOR DISSEMINATING INFORMATION CONCERNING EDUCATIONAL INNOVATIONS WAS TESTED. A REGIONAL TRAVELING SEMINAR AND CONFERENCE WAS DESIGNED TO ASSESS THE EFFECTS OF FIELD SITE VISITS AND DEMONSTRATIONS OF INNOVATIVE PRACTICES IN OPERATIONAL SCHOOL SITUATIONS UPON PARTICIPATING EDUCATORS. PROCEDURES FOR ITS ACCOMPLISHMENT INCLUDED (1) SELECTION AND ORGANIZATION OF TOUR LEADERS, (2) CHOICE OF SCHOOL SITES TO BE VISITED, (3) SELECTION OF PARTICIPATING EDUCATORS, (4) CONDUCT OF THE SEMINAR AND CONFERENCE, AND (5) FOLLOWUP 1 YEAR LATER IN ORDER TO ASSESS CHANGES IN INNOVATIONAL BEHAVIOR AT THE SCHOOL DISTRICTS PREVIOUSLY VISITED. THE FOLLOWING CONCLUSIONS WERE DRAWN--(1) THE TRAVELING SEMINAR AND CONFERENCE (A FIELD SERVICE CONCEPT) IS A HIGHLY EFFECTIVE DISSEMINATION METHOD FOR STIMULATING AND FACILITATING EDUCATIONAL INNOVATION, (2) THERE ARE MEASURABLE ATTRIBUTES OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS, (3) THE ATTITUDE OF THE LOCAL SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS TOWARD INNOVATION IS AN IMPORTANT VARIABLE IN THE INTRODUCTION OF INNOVATIONS IN SCHOOL DISTRICTS. RECOMMENDATIONS EVOLVING FROM THE PROJECT WERE--(1) THIS TECHNIQUE SHOULD BE EXPANDED AND ACTIVELY SUPPORTED BY ADEQUATE FINANCIAL RESOURCES AS AN EFFECTIVE DISSEMINATION ACTIVITY, (2) THIS TECHNIQUE SHOULD BE CONSIDERED FOR INCORPORATION IN THE DISSEMINATION PROGRAMS OF THE REGIONAL LABORATORIES, (3) SPECIFIC GUIDELINES FOR PLANNING AND ORGANIZING SHOULD BE INCORPORATED, AND (4) SUBSTANTIAL EXPANSION OF PRESENT LIMITED RESEARCH EFFORTS SHOULD BE DEVOTED TO PLANNED CHANGE IN EDUCATION. (HB)
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Authoring Institution: Oklahoma State Univ., Stillwater.
Identifiers: CALIFORNIA; California (Santa Monica)