ERIC Number: ED061991
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jul
Reference Count: 0
The Educational Catalyst: An Imperative for Today.
Ward, Joe H., Jr.; And Others
This paper describes a method for accelerating educational improvements nation-wide through the activities of one or more catalyst organizations, which would stimulate interaction between educational systems personnel and promising new ideas. It highlights measures to correct present shortcomings, which exist because there is no strong linkage between the educational researcher and the practitioner. The paper discusses the nature of an educational system, the reasons why innovations in this field frequently fail, the necessary components of an educational catalyst organization, and the various activities which can be projected for such an organization. It synthesizes findings on change and innovation to posit guidelines for training, for personnel management, and for support functions within a catalyst organization, and it urges assumption of the catalyst role by the extant Regional Laboratories or some other innovative structure. The paper acknowledges that much research has been done in this general substantive area, but indicates that little specific action has been taken as a result. It thus recommends that such action be taken at this time. (Author)
Descriptors: Change Agents, Educational Improvement, Educational Innovation, Educational Research, Information Dissemination
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Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Phi Delta Kappa, Bloomington, IN.
Identifiers: Educational Catalyst Organization
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