ERIC Number: ED100046
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Decisions To Innovate: A Model of School Organizations and Section 306, Title III. Paper No. 5312.
Pauly, Edward W.
This study focuses on the school district decision to initiate an innovative program. A natural experiment in the identification of school districts interested in initiating serious innovation is used to study the differences between school districts that were and those that were not considering innovation in one specific decisionmaking period. In late 1970 the U.S. Office of Education offered every school district an opportunity to receive a substantial grant if the district had a serious and well-planned innovative school program. In this study, the districts that applied are "initiators," and the districts that did not submit grant applications are "noninnovators." The model uses indicators of economic, organizational, and political phenomena to "predict" whether or not each of the sample districts applied for the federal innovation grant. Variables used in the analysis are: grant application, school enrollment, central city or suburban character of the district, poverty measure, board of education selection, and the number of calendar years elapsed since each district's 1970 superintendent of schools was appointed. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Economic Factors, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Grants, Models, Organizations (Groups), Policy Formation, Political Power, School Districts, Schools, Social Structure, Statistical Analysis, Tables (Data)
Rand Corporation, 1700 Main Street, Santa Monica, California 90406 ($5.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Yale Univ., New Haven, CT. Center for the Study of Education.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.