ERIC Number: ED213755
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Political and Technical Linkage: The Contribution of Regional Agencies.
Firestone, William A.; Wilson, Bruce L.
Regional Educational Service Agencies (RESAs)--agencies between the state and local level--are an important resource for helping local educators cope with a variety of pressures from an increasingly complex environment. They do so by performing two functions. Political linkage provides knowledge about the impacts of mandates on specific districts and helps negotiate acceptable interpretations. Technical linkage entails learning research- and practice-based knowledge about instruction and administration. This paper describes how field staff from RESAs in two states (New Jersey and Pennsylvania) perform three roles--trainer, liaison, and monitor that contribute to each kind of linkage. Findings from an analysis of data from 138 field agents in 23 RESAs indicates that trainers focus on technical linkage while monitors emphasize political linkage. Liaison types provide both linkages. The study also indicates how state policy helps determine the kind of linkage provided. (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers: New Jersey; Pennsylvania; Regional Educational Service Agencies
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (66th, New York, NY, March 19-23, 1982).