ERIC Number: ED170831
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Project on Social Architecture in Education. Final Report. Part III: Case Studies. Chapter 7: Change and Conflict. Educational Innovation in Community Context.
Gold, Barry A.; Miles, Matthew B.
This document contains chapter 7 of the final report of the Project on Social Architecture in Education. Chapter 7 is about a new open-space elementary school. The hopes were to create a humanely oriented, flexible program, in which teaching teams would utilize the open space in creative ways, emphasizing individualization. The early planning left most details open, and the final planning was carried out collaboratively by the new principal and the staff. The planning largely ignored growing community criticism: parents felt their expectations for walls dividing the open space and for more-traditional learning options had been violated. The case shows how environmental pressures on a school, in conjuction with internal difficulties and weaknesses, can induce radical organizational change over time--in this case from a "collegial" organization to a coercive, then a bureaucratic one, gradually moving back in a collegial direction. (Author/MLF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Policy Research, New York, NY.
Note: For related documents, see EA 011 512-522