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ERIC Number: ED029726
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Mar-19
Pages: 24
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Strategies for Change in Rural Communities.
Bandy, George R.
It is pointed out that change in rural education has been slow to occur but that attention to change strategies can hasten the process of change. Discussion includes a perusal of the literature, slow rate of diffusion in education, innovation from within or without, relating research to practice, typology of linking roles, change strategies, the change agent, and dissemination of information. Emphasis is placed upon the need for an intermediate role which could serve the "linking" function between the researcher and the practitioner. A typology of linking roles is developed. It is suggested that strategy for changing rural education should rely heavily on logic, reason, persuasion, showing, helping, involving, appeal to values and training, to the relative exclusion of telling, force, compulsion, intervention, and deprivation. It is indicated that sophisticated strategies for improving rural education will require the training and deployment of change specialists. It is concluded that some strategies will be required to change the thinking of rural legislators. (SW)
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Note: Paper presented at National Working Conference on Solving Educational Problems in Sparsely Populated Areas (Denver, Colorado, March 17-19, 1969)