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ERIC Number: ED012514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 19
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Reference Count: 0
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THE TRAINER CHANGE-AGENT ROLE WITHIN A SCHOOL SYSTEM.
JUNG, CHARLES C.
THE FOCUS OF THE STUDY IS UPON THE INTERNAL CHANGE AGENT IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM. IT RESULTS FROM THE ASSUMPTION THAT IT WOULD BE VALUABLE FOR THE SYSTEM TO HAVE A ROLE PRIMARILY CONCERNED WITH THE PHENOMENA OF CHANGE. THE CHANGE AGENT IS REFERRED TO AS A TRAINER ROLE, SINCE TRAINED BEHAVIOR OF INDIVIDUALS CAN INCREASE THE POTENTIAL FOR PLANNED, PURPOSEFUL CHANGE. IT IS HELPFUL TO THINK OF THE TRAINER-CHANGE AGENT ROLE AS PROVIDING LINKAGES TO SUCH GAPS AS THOSE BETWEEN A GROUP OF TEACHERS AND THE VARIOUS KINDS OF RESOURCES THAT COULD HELP THEM PERFORM THEIR JOBS MORE EFFECTIVELY. LINKAGES COULD ALSO BE PROVIDED BETWEEN ADMINISTRATORS, SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS, AND CUSTODIANS AND THEIR ROLE EFFECTIVENESS. FOUR CONCEPTUAL MODELS ARE CITED WITHIN WHICH TRAINER ROLE LINKAGE IS UTILIZED TO PERMIT CHANGE ANALYSIS AT BOTH MICRO- AND MACRO-LEVELS OF EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS. IN ORDER TO FACILITATE LINKAGE OF PEOPLE TO RESOURCES, THE TRAINER-CHANGE AGENT WOULD HAVE TO POSSESS PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS, INTERPERSONAL SKILLS OF RELATING, AND INNERPERSONAL LEARNING. SUCH SKILLS COULD BE IDEALLY DEVELOPED THROUGH A PLANNED ORIENTATION PERIOD. THE BEST POSSIBLE SOURCES OF CHANGE AGENTS WOULD BE PROFESSIONAL EDUCATORS, PSYCHOLOGISTS OR SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGISTS, OR PRACTITIONERS OF PERSONNEL TRAINING. THEIR ROLE WITHIN THE SYSTEM WOULD REQUIRE (1) UPPER ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITY, (2) AUTONOMY IN RESPONDING TO AND DEVELOPING TRAINING EXPERIENCE OF PERSONNEL WITHIN THE SYSTEM, (3) ACTIVE COMMUNICATION WITHIN THE SYSTEM, (4) TEAM-WORK RELATIONSHIPS WITH EVALUATORS AND RESEARCHERS OF THE SYSTEM, AND (5) SOURCES OF CONSULTATION REFERRAL OUTSIDE THE SYSTEM. THIS ARTICLE WAS PUBLISHED IN "CHANGE IN SCHOOL SYSTEMS," AVAILABLE FROM THE NATIONAL TRAINING LABORATORIES, NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION, 1201 16TH STREET, N.W., WASHINGTON, D.C. 20036, FOR $2.50 (GB) FOR $2.50. (GB)
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Authoring Institution: National Training Labs. Inst. for Applied Behavioral Science, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: COOPERATIVE PROJECT FOR EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT; DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA