ERIC Number: ED033676
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jun-30
Reference Count: 0
A Conference and Follow-Up Consultation to Foster the Improvement of Curricula and Instruction in Developing Colleges.
O'Connell, William R., Jr.
This project was undertaken to encourage and aid developing predominantly Negro colleges in the South in adopting new approaches for improving curricula and instruction. The chief means for doing so was a conference on innovation in November 1967 attended by representatives of the administration, faculty, and students of 27 institutions. The Southern Regional Education Board planned the conference to encourage participants to consider innovative practices, identify hindrances, and develop plans for implementation. On the basis of participant interest, 5 areas were chosen for workshops. Lively discussions indicated the problems involved in change, including the "generation gap." Although provision was made for assistance in carrying out plans formulated at the conference, only 2 schools requested such aid within the next 6 months. As a result of an interim survey taken in June 1968, the project deadline was extended to June 1969 and 4 promising programs were selected for special assistance. At the closing evaluation conference, participants reported over 90 innovations under way at their schools. They suggested continuation along with improvement of similar projects. Discussions indicated that while there is a deep interest in innovation at many developing colleges, inexperience, conservative factions, and lack of time and money hinder progress. (DS)
Descriptors: Black Colleges, Business Education, Conferences, Curriculum, Curriculum Development, Developing Institutions, Early Childhood Education, Higher Education, Innovation, Institutional Cooperation, Instruction, Instructional Innovation, Planning, Programs, Projects, Social Work, Teacher Education, Workshops
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, GA.