ERIC Number: ED194595
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Incentives and Systemic Change.
Felder, David W.
Several factors determine whether it is in the interest of educational practitioners to utilize educational research. The first factor is the amount of work that is involved in utilizing research. Anything that makes it easier to use research weakens resistance to utilization. A second factor is the incentive structure of the schools. To motivate practitioners to use research it must be made clear that there are rewards for improving instruction and reducing costs. A third factor is whether the change proposed is a non-systemic one that can be done within the existing system, or whether the change is a systemic one that involves restructuring a system. There are systemic changes which are necessary in order to fully utilize educational technology, such as moving decision making regarding the use of media from the level of individual teachers to the level of curriculum planning. Unfortunately the present structure of incentives does not usually allow for systemic changes. When the existing incentive structure does not allow for systemic change, it is necessary to change the market structure of the schools so that desired change can occur. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Systemic Change
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (64th, Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).