ERIC Number: ED191144
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr-7
Reference Count: 0
Rubrics for Assessing the State Role in Educational Change: A Case Study of an Intervention.
DiBella, Cecilia M.
Between 1965 and 1973 the Rhode Island State Department of Education underwent a series of reorganizations affecting its importance and role in the state's educational change process. These reorganizations were in part responsible for and affected by the selection of Rhode Island as a site for a Teacher Center pilot project in inservice teacher education, funded for six years by a federal grant. A case study of the Rhode Island Department of Education during this period upheld models of policy development and change, and resulted in several findings: (1) visible changes in the Department supported and enhanced Teacher Center activities; (2) the Teacher Center stimulated institutional change in the department and in higher education, facilitated collaborative relationships among teachers, and altered the department's traditional regulatory role in teacher education; (3) federal funds from Title V of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act and from the Teacher Center grant had positive, long-term effects on the change process; and (4) a variety of department activities supported educational change. This report incorporates a survey of the literature and concludes with recommendations to state education agencies concerning the provision of effective leadership for educational change. An extensive bibligraphy is included. (Author/PGD)
Descriptors: Administrative Organization, Case Studies, Change Agents, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Aid, Federal Programs, Inservice Teacher Education, Organizational Effectiveness, Pilot Projects, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, State Departments of Education
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title V; Rhode Island State Department of Education; Rhode Island Teacher Center
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980). Some pages may not reproduce clearly due to light print of original document.