ERIC Number: ED043590
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1970
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Research and Development: A Study of Educational Change in Illinois.
Dal Santo, John
A study was conducted to determine what a selected group of Illinois school administrators perceive to be the critical factors which facilitate planned educational change. Focus was on the administrator's conception of his role, the development and utilization of innovational practices, and the methods and procedures used in the evaluation and dissemination of information about innovational programs. The literature on processes and procedures of change was reviewed. The 12 school districts selected for study were mentioned most frequently as being innovative in a poll of all Illinois school administrators from districts of 2,000 or more students; they included five high school, four elementary, and three unit districts--eight in Cook county, four in central and southern Illinois. Interviews were conducted with each chief administrator. Responses were analyzed and summarized and the consistent critical factors necessary for education change identified: adequate financial support, a well-trained staff, organized planning, an understanding of human relations, staff commitment favorable to change, adequate physical facilities, an administrative staff which encourages change and staff participation in innovation, awareness of community needs, a planned communication network for disseminating information, a supportive public opinion, and the use of evaluative techniques for continuous program evaluation. (Included are recommendations regarding educational change in Illinois.) (JS)
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Authoring Institution: Northern Illinois Univ., De Kalb.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois