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ERIC Number: ED096311
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Pages: 8
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Organizational Development and Teacher Corps: A Discussion of a Book by Ronald Corwin.
Marsh, David D.
This paper focuses on the theory of organizational change and development as presented by Ronald G. Corwin in his book, "Reform and Organizational Survival: The Teacher Corps As an Instrument of Educational Change," and the implications this theory has for efforts at institutional change which are being made by the Teacher Corps. Corwin identifies two models of organizations: (a) a rational model which presumes that organizations are goal-directed entities, and (b) a political model which presumes that direction is determined by external constraints on the organization and by commitments made by the members in the course of bargaining for resources. In his analysis, Corwin integrates political and rational aspects of organizations. The author, in an attempt to expand or modify Corwin's theory, suggests a model called "muddling through" and recommends that organizations be viewed on a continuum rather than at either end of the continuum. Applying Corwin's theory to his experience with Teacher Corps projects, the author suggests that the difference between successful and unsuccessful projects seemed to lie in: (a) how adroit te staff were in dealing with political constraints, and (b) how the staff were able to deal with political crises in one aspect of the project while keeping other aspects on a rational basis. (HMD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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