ERIC Number: ED064009
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Cassadaga Valley: The Community Setting for Educational Innovation.
Dommermuth, Paul R.; And Others
An attempt to chart the process of educational innovation in a rural school system in sociological terms is presented in this paper. As the system dynamics are described, the writers also attempt to extrapolate those aspects of the process which are common to other attempts at innovation, whether in education, health care, technological developments, or in seemingly unrelated areas like religion. The chief concern is to provide some sociological understanding of the mutual interaction, effects, and consequences of the interplay between the school system and community institutions. The manner in which innovations evolve, the mechanisms used for eliciting community reactions to them, the resulting problems for school personnel (teachers, students, and administrators( and community members, and the resolution of these conflicts may provide insight (1) at the theoretical level regarding innovation as a social process and (2) at the practical level in terms of a set of guidelines for those involved in innovation in other locations. The study includes a descriptive section on the nature of the innovations the system is attempting and the nature of the communities involved, a view of the decision-making process from the perspectives of teachers and administrators, a comparative view of school life as perceived by students and teachers, and the construction of an empirically-based model of innovation as a social process. (Author/LS)
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Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Fredonia. Coll. at Fredonia. Teacher Education Research Center.