ERIC Number: ED064808
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Evaluating the Influence of Change Agent Teams on the Order of Change Processes of School Systems: A Test of the Model for Educational Improvement. A Report.
Kreitlow, Burton W.
Project objectives aim at developing and testing organizations that facilitate research and development activities in the schools; and at developing and testing the effectiveness of the means whereby schools select, introduce, and utilize the results of research and development. The Model for Educational Improvement is a theoretical construct that combines some well-known elements of the change process in a new configuration. The model deals with both the external factors and the internal structure of a school system and demonstrates the route through which an innovation moves toward adoption. This part of the investigation deals with school systems using change agent teams as a vehicle for educational improvement and compares them to other school systems without such teams. Findings revealed little evidence that the presence of change agent teams made any difference in perception, emphasis, responsibility, or influence in relation to the improvement process in a school system. Of special concern was the ancillary finding that school staffs have limited knowledge of the process of adoption in their own school system. This finding was identified as the "level of ignorance" and showed that from 32-73 percent of the staff knew little of the process by which a major innovation was adopted in their own school system. (Author)
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Madison. Research and Development Center for Cognitive Learning.
Note: Report from the project on Models for Effecting Planned Educational Change