ERIC Number: ED129712
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Studying Schools As Social Systems: A Mannual for Field Research in Education. Instructors' Manual.
Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Horace Mann - Lincoln Inst. for School Experimentation.
This instructors' manual represents the culmination of a development program in the area of application of anthropological theory and techniques to the field of education. It is intended to help prepare graduate students in anthropology and in educational administration as well as other researchers and practitioners to view schools as social systems. Another objective is to explicate an approach and a methodology for problem-solvers and policy-makers. The design of this training program represents a collective effort on the part of the field research team in: (1) selecting from the field notes and research findings of the study those concepts and materials most valuable to educational decision-makers; (2) developing a conceptual and curricular format that would make these materials both useful and interesting; (3) setting the materials within a problem-solving framework since this is the essence of the decision-making process; (4) field-testing and assessing the materials with practicing teachers; and (5) refining and redesigning the materials as a self-contained package. The materials are described in such a way that the student proceeds to look at the school as a social system in much the same way he would in a field study--beginning at the macro-level of the school as an organization and then gradually working down to study elements of that system in specific detail. (SK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Columbia Univ., New York, NY. Horace Mann - Lincoln Inst. for School Experimentation.
Note: For related documents, see SP 010 153 and SP 010 155