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ERIC Number: ED017933
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967-Sep
Pages: 29
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Reference Count: 0
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SCHOOL SYSTEM PERSONNEL AS SCIENTIFIC INQUIRERS.
SHAEVITZ, MORTON H.
THOUGH EXTENSIVE RESEARCH TAKES PLACE IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM, THAT RESEARCH IS NOT BEING USED DUE TO TOO MUCH EMPHASIS ON PROGRAM SUCCESS AND TOO LITTLE COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE RESEARCHER AND THE SCHOOL STAFF. IN AN EFFORT TO RECTIFY THE SITUATION, THE COOPERATIVE PROJECT IN EDUCATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (COPED) INITIATED A STUDY OF THE PROCESS OF CHANGE IN EDUCATIONAL SYSTEMS. ONE OF THE MAJOR ATTEMPTS TO PROMOTE AND STUDY THE CLIMATE FOR CHANGE WAS AN IN-SERVICE TRAINING PROGRAM ON THE MECHANICS AND METHODS OF RESEARCH DERIVATION AND UTILIZATION SKILLS FOR SCHOOL PERSONNEL WHO HAD CROSS-BUILDING RESPONSIBILITIES (I.E., A READING SUPERVISOR, ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT, HEAD OF COUNSELING SERVICES). THIS WAS CALLED "MACRO-ACTION RESEARCH." THE PROGRAM INVOLVED FIVE STAFF MEMBERS FROM EACH OF FOUR SCHOOL SYSTEMS IN SOUTHERN MICHIGAN WORKING WITH THREE STAFF MEMBERS FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN. THROUGH THE IN-SERVICE TRAINING PROGRAMS, THE SCHOOL PERSONNEL LEARNED TO IDENTIFY PROBLEMS OF IMPORTANCE TO THEIR SCHOOL SYSTEMS AND TO UTILIZE RESEARCH SKILLS AND SCIENTIFIC KNOWLEDGE WHICH OTHER MEMBERS OF THEIR SCHOOLS CAN DRAW UPON. THE TRAINING PROGRAM ALSO AIDED IN ESTABLISHING A MODEL FOR UNIVERSITY AND SCHOOL SYSTEM COOPERATION. THIS PAPER WAS PRESENTED AT THE AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION AS PART OF A SYMPOSIUM ENTITLED "UTILIZATION OF INFORMATION FROM EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH CENTERS BY SCHOOL PERSONNEL" (WASHINGTON, D.C., SEPTEMBER 1967). (CG)
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Authoring Institution: American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Identifiers: Cooperative Project for Educational Development