ERIC Number: ED181876
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Schools, Groups and Networks: A Political Perspective. Revised Version.
Peterson, Paul E.
Network theory has recently been suggested as providing a useful framework for developing a change strategy by which the federal government can induce educational reform. In this paper the potential contributions of network theory are assessed by showing its close relationship to group theory. Then three critiques of group theory and practice--from within the group tradition itself, from a structural perspective, and from the viewpoint of utilitarian individualism--are shown to be applicable to network theory. The power of these critiques is illustrated by a review of the experiences of the community action program of the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, and the implications for school-related interventions are stated. (Author)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. School Capacity for Problem Solving Group. Network Development Div.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Group Theory; Social Network
Note: Paper prepared for the Network Development Staff, School Capacity for Problem Solving Group, National Institute of Education (Washington, DC, March 16-17, 1977); For related documents, see IR 007 659, IR 007 663-666, IR 007 671, and IR 007 689