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ERIC Number: ED108303
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-May
Pages: 18
Abstractor: N/A
Planned Educational Change in Search of a Research Tradition.
Heathers, Glen
Educational research is concerned with providing bases for improving education and so needs to study cause-effect relations in the educational process. Despite two decades of ferment and innovation, the instruction of most students has been affected little, if at all. Local change programs in education tend to be those that make the most apparent change with the least actual change. Planned educational change should begin with decisions about the aims of education. Once goals have been set, planning instruction is a matter of employing instructional resources to enable students to achieve the selected goals. Very little research attention has been paid to the implementation of change programs. Future research on educational change should focus on changes that are consumer-referenced rather than product-referenced, emphasize how local education agencies can learn to plan and conduct significant change programs, focus on the needs and aims of local education agencies, emphasize the process of implementation in studies of local change programs, draw on principles and research from outside education only when they are clearly applicable, and stress outcomes that are fundamental to the educational process. (Author/JG)
Research for Better Schools, Inc., 1700 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103 ($1.25)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: N/A
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Note: Reprint from the Bulletin of the School of Education, Indiana University; Not available in hard copy due to marginal reproducibility of original document