ERIC Number: ED219858
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Apr
Reference Count: 0
The Innovations Program 1974-81: Constructing an Approach to Planned Change in Australian Education.
Streat, W. L.
The Innovations Program, established by the Australian Schools Commission in 1974, was a small national program aimed at fostering local actions for change in Australian primary and secondary education. In this report, the author begins by examining different approaches to educational innovation and reviewing the literature on innovation. Part 2 analyzes the need for change in Australian education. It describes the historical and political contexts of the Innovations Program, noting long-term enrollment increases, educational uniformity, recent organizational changes, the national government's relationship to the states, and the emphasis on local initiatives for change. Implementation of the Innovations Program is covered in part 3, which recounts the program's development from 1974 to 1980 and discusses aims, values, priorities, the roles of "innovators" (teachers, students, and community members) and "counselors" (innovation stimulators and supporters), and the need to fit innovations to local contexts. For illustration, an Innovations Program project is traced in detail from conception to completion. Part 4 discusses issues and reflections arising from the Innovations Program, involving teacher and principal roles, national-local relations, product versus process emphases, and other issues. Conclusions about growth points for school-level innovation are presented, as is an assessment of the Innovations Program. (Author/RW)
Descriptors: Change Agents, Change Strategies, Community Involvement, Community Role, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal State Relationship, Foreign Countries, Government School Relationship, National Programs, Program Implementation, School District Autonomy, Tables (Data)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia; Innovations Program (Australia); Politics of Education