ERIC Number: ED107545
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Dec
Reference Count: 0
Community Reaction to Educational Change. Social Sciences, Education, Number 3.
Stutz, Frederick H.; Deay, Ardeth M.
New York's Food and Life Sciences Bulletin, n42, December 1974
The study reported in this newsletter looked closely at one community, a city school district in a northeastern state, where the pace of change in public schools was especially rapid and unusual over a seven-year period (1965-72). The purpose was to find out, through interviewing, the thoughts of a selected number of informed individuals and families concerning the school district and the changes taking place. The oral history method of asking open-ended questions and encouraging freedom of response was adhered to. Interviews covered questions on leadership from the superintendent and other sources, causes for change, effects of changes, the innovative elementary school and alternative junior high school, and communication. A comparison of views of the two groups resulted in findings that suggest strategies for educational planners. These suggestions include a need for (1) assuming a general acceptance of alternatives, (2) careful prior planning, (3) carefully defining and setting of goals, (4) considering the interests of all consumers, (5) using school board meetings as communication agency, (6) maintaining a balance in any change process, (7) financing changes, (8) professional and educational change, and (9) providing an environment conducive to change. (Author/ND)
Descriptors: Administrative Change, Change Agents, Change Strategies, Community Attitudes, Community Change, Community Involvement, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Junior High Schools, School Community Relationship, School District Autonomy
Cornell University Agricultural Experiment Station, Mailing Room, Research Park, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York 14853 (free)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Ithaca. Agricultural Experiment Station at Cornell Univ.