ERIC Number: ED173939
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Linkage and Information Use in Education Organizations.
Deal, Terrence E.
Linking activities between knowledge production and actual practices in schools need to be guided by understanding of how educational organizations work. Educational organizations evidence unique organizational patterns, including diffuse goals, weak connections between activities and outcomes, political vulnerability, and working conditions that emphasize individual autonomy. As new knowledge is linked to schools and used by administrators and teachers, these organizational patterns create important opportunities and pitfalls. In schools, knowledge use and transformation may serve purposes other than the intended objective of change or reform. Knowledge utilization also provides legitimacy to existing programs, new enthusiasm, new beliefs, and an improved public image for the schools. New knowledge may also undermine existing relationships within schools or between schools and the outside environment. For instance, when knowledge is used to redefine roles or relationships, change practices, or alter characteristics of schools, conflicts arise. Without an adequate understanding of organizational realities in schools, efforts to increase the role of knowledge in change and reform will produce more problems than solutions. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Knowledge Linkage; Research and Development
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, California, April 8-12, 1979)