ERIC Number: ED021783
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1967-Aug
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Special Project to Train Action Researchers and Trainers of Action Research Collaborators. Final Report.
A gap exists between new knowledge in education and change in practice; it calls for trained personnel to link the activities of school staffs and social scientists. Thus the objective of this special project is to improve methods of training change agents to improve classroom and school management practices. The 1966 programs involved 2 groups: (1) 22 university-based education interns with behavioral science backgrounds, and (2) 21 school system-based training consultants with in-service training responsibilities. Phase I of the action research program was an intensive 5-week residential core experience at Bethel, Maine. Phase II involved the equivalent of 3 weeks of field work on individual projects supervised by 12 members of the National Training Laboratories Network of social scientists. Phase III was a 1-week follow-up for evaluation and further training. Major strengths of the program included the mix of training with practice, the development of an extended training design, and the emphasis on self-direction by the interns in designing their own learning activities. In 1967, with little outside support, 50 new trainees, some of them teams or task forces from the same systems, were recruited. Greater emphasis was placed on trainee-trainer roles moving from staff direction through collaboration to full self-direction. The document includes a statistical report, organizational memoranda, application forms, and a list of the interns and consultants. (JS)
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Sponsor: Fund for the Advancement of Education, New York, NY.; Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: National Training Labs. Inst. for Applied Behavioral Science, Washington, DC.