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ERIC Number: ED351161
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
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The Influence of Social Roles on Programmatic Outcome.
Perkins, Larry; Montgomery, Diane
A cooperative project between a university and local school district can be understood using a theoretical framework defining social roles in terms of the "natural" (or individual) person and the "corporate" actor. The project sent a university team to train counselors and teachers in a rural, predominantly Native American school district, where school staffs were predominantly Euro-American. The team's task was to develop and present a Contemporary Education course to teachers who, preferring a traditional educational approach, rejected attempts to foster collaboration. According to the theoretical model, power remains in the hands of the corporate actor, which might explain the project's failure. Change from "natural persons" to corporate actors and certification requirements result in asymmetrical relations. By the end of the course, assignments and grades were established, placing the professors in a "corporate" role and mitigating natural-person interaction. Similarly, the state, as corporate actor, gains importance at the expense of community schools, populated with natural persons. Asymmetry also becomes important when social power inequality is linked to geographic place. The corporate role can be diminished if the place (or "turf") where the two actors come together is considered. (TES)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers: Course Development; Social Power
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).