ERIC Number: ED166809
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A Preliminary Inventory of Educational Linking Agent Functions with Brief Explanations.
Cates, Carolyn S.
A preliminary inventory of functions performed by educational linking agents was constructed from a review and analysis of conceptual and descriptive literature and from examination of instruments available to assess required knowledge, skills, and attitudes of linking agents. The functions are derived from clusters of work-related activities, behaviors, or tasks that can be observed with reasonable frequency in job performance. Seven such clusters were identified as core functions based on the frequency with which the activities were cited and the consistency with which a given function was used to organize related activities: planning, resource utilization, communication, problem-solving, process helping, implementation, and evaluation. Also included are six other functions that could not be completely subsumed under the core functions: project management, content-subject matter skills, survival skills, influence/power skills, research, and organizational development. Each function is briefly described and examples of related tasks and skills are given. Several factors that have been identified or suggested as influencing linking agent functions are discussed: roles and functions of others engaged in educational improvement, context in which improvement efforts occur, location of the linking agent, stage of the dissemination/improvement process, and differentiation among domains related to functions. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.
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