ERIC Number: ED098479
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Conditions of Institutional Change.
Caskey, Owen L.
The author proposes a method of examining and organizing the principles relating to the conditions of institutional change. Those conditions of change involve principles which relate to three elements--people, places, and things. Within these categories, principles may be enumerated which operate to facilitate or restrain change or innovation within educational institutions. The relationship of people to institutional change is summarized with two fundamental principles: (1) the translation of a theoretical curriculum into program reality is always a matter of personal involvement; (2) the changes most often realized are those clearly perceived by people. Just as change involves people, change also occurs at given places, at given times. As an institution orients change to goals, several principles seem to be appropriate. These include: (1) any institution can assimilate only so much change in a given period of time; (2) change requires time, but not in proportion to the extent of change. In order to complete this sequence of change which relates people to things, the author places a premium on communication with those who are responsible for accomplishing program objectives. When change actually occurs, it is a result of people who have a commitment, working hard in programs to which they have a dedication, doing things which make a difference. (Author/PC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Presentation to the University of New Mexico College of Education faculty-student retreat (March 1974)