ERIC Number: ED223590
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Using Structure, Action, and Power to Make Teacher Preparation Responsive to Public Law 94-142.
Bryson, John M.
Organizational design for change of teacher education institutions should focus on the shaping of political activities through forums, arenas, and courts. Forums provide the medium for expression and competition of alternate ideas in the institution, and arenas are the medium for achieving group objectives through cooperation, contest, or conflict. Courts provide the medium for resolution of issues raised in the forum or arena. Support for this organizational design is based on the relationship of power to social interaction and social structure and on Anthony Gidden's theory of structurization, which provides a way to link interaction directly with structure. A model, designed to help with the administration and resource allocation aspects of Dean's Grant Projects, has six planning phases: (1) initial agreement on the planning mission; (2) needs assessment and problem identification; (3) search for possible solutions; (4) development of a plan for goal achievement; (5) plan review and adoption; and (6) implementation. The model indicates that, in teacher preparation institutions, successful organizational design and change depend on control over the media within which meaning is created, power is exercised, and evaluative judgments are made. (FG)
Descriptors: Academic Deans, Decision Making, Educational Needs, Higher Education, Organizational Development, Policy Formation, Political Power, Power Structure, Problem Solving, Program Development, Schools of Education, Teacher Education, Teacher Educators
Not available separately; see SP 021 364.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Deans Grant Project
Note: In: Sivage, Carole R., And Others. Politics, Power, and Personality: The Roles of Deans in Dean's Grant Projects. Minnesota, National Support Systems Project, 1982. p71-100.