ERIC Number: ED199294
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Linking Agents and State-Mandated Educational Projects: A Study of the Role and Functions of Facilitators During Implementation of Maryland's Project Basic.
Mann, Margaret W.; And Others
A study conducted in 1980 to examine the first year of the role and functions of Project Basic facilitators is described. Project Basic is Maryland's statewide competency-based educational program. The facilitators are state education agency (SEA) supported staff located at 23 of the state's 24 local education agencies (LEAs). The two major facilitator responsibilities are: (1) to facilitate local implementation of the state mandated program; and (2) to serve as a state-local communication link. Data were collected by Maryland State Department of Education documents, survey questionnaires, and interviews. Respondents included SEA senior management, Project Basic staff, facilitators, and LEA coordinators. Findings are reported for two points in time: July 1979 and July 1980. Results indicated that the facilitator role was perceived as successful by all levels of the educational hierarchy in that facilitators ensured local implementation of the project and maintained good relationships between state and local agencies. Problem areas were identified. (Author/RL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.; Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers: Maryland State Department of Education; Project BASIC
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (65th, Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).