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ERIC Number: ED125839
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Dec
Pages: 9
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The Processes of Changing and Planning the School Curriculum in Rural Systems.
Peters, Richard O.
When undertaking the tasks of change and planning in a rural area, educational management must consider the interrelated variables of what, why, when, how, where, who, and how well re: any given change. The goals and objectives (what and why) in a rural system are greatly influenced by the community's climate of opinion, economic condition, ethnic/cultural character, and political orientation. When determining the specificity of the "when" to "how well" process (planning/timing; process strategies; organization/structure; roles/tasks; and evaluation/feedback), every consideration must be given to the human and natural resources available. The questions of how and where are extremely difficult, for the change agent in a rural school system often has little control over the problems of size, space, physical plant, time, personnel, and resources. The most important change process commodity is time, for if the change agent does not provide sufficient time to organize, plan, develop, implement, evaluate, and revise a program, it cannot gain a broad based support and without support will lack stability and fail. Given the closeness of a small rural community, a successful change agent must engage in the kind of direct involvement that leads to adoption, vested interest, commitment, internalization, and ultimately intrinsic motivation. (JC)
Publication Type: Guides - General
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