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ERIC Number: ED010913
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965-Nov-10
Pages: 34
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A CRITERION PAPER ON PARAMETERS OF EDUCATION. FINAL REVISION.
MEIERHENRY, W. C.
THIS POSITION PAPER DEFINES ASPECTS OF INNOVATION IN EDUCATION. THE APPROPRIATENESS OF PLANNED CHANGE AND THE LEGITIMACY OF FUNCTION OF PLANNED CHANGE ARE DISCUSSED. PRIMARY ELEMENTS OF INNOVATION INCLUDE THE SUBSTITUTION OF ONE MATERIAL OR PROCESS FOR ANOTHER, THE RESTRUCTURING OF TEACHER ASSIGNMENTS, VALUE CHANGES WITH RESPECT TO TEACHING RESPONSIBILITIES AND MODERN TECHNIQUES OF TELEVISION AND PROGRAMED INSTRUCTION, NEW STRUCTURES, AND CHANGES IN PHYSICAL FACILITIES. FEDERAL AND STATE GOVERNMENTS, EXTERNAL OR CIVIC CHANGE AGENTS AND INTERNAL AGENTS SUCH AS SUPERINTENDENTS AND PRINCIPALS FUNCTION AS CHANGE AGENTS, HAVE NO CLEAR CLIENT SYSTEM, AND UTILIZE NO SYSTEM FOR DISSEMINATION OF RESEARCH FINDINGS. THE COMPLEX DECISION-MAKING STRUCTURE OF EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS FURTHER INHIBITS PLANNED CHANGE. EIGHT ELEMENTS (NOW LACKING) ARE SEEN AS ESSENTIAL FOR THE ACCEPTANCE AND DIFFUSION OF INNOVATIONS--BROAD GOALS, SPECIFIC GOALS, PROFIT MOTIVE, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT INVESTMENT, ECONOMIC ADVANTAGE, PERSONAL ADVANTAGE, CLEAR PERFORMANCE STANDARDS, AND CLEAR PRODUCT ASSESSMENT. THIS PAPER WAS PRESENTED TO THE CONFERENCE ON STRATEGIES FOR EDUCATIONAL CHANGE (WASHINGTON, D.C., NOVEMBER 8-10, 1965). (JK)
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Identifiers: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA