ERIC Number: ED064247
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Jul
Reference Count: 0
The Educational Catalyst: An Imperative for Today. Occasional Paper 10.
Ward, Joe H.; And Others
This paper describes a method for accelerating educational improvements nationwide 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 that exist because there is no strong linkage between the educational researcher and the practitioner. The paper discusses the nature of an educational researcher and 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 extent 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. A 39-item bibliography and appendixes are included. (This paper was previously cited in the August 1972 issue of RIE as ED 061 991.) (Author)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Phi Delta Kappa, Claremont, CA.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX.