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ERIC Number: ED139789
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Notes Toward the Presentation: "Problems Associated with Change in Educational Institutions."
Wideen, Marvin F.
General extrinsic and intrinsic forces pressing for change in schools are examined, and specific attention is paid to five problem areas that illustrate the complexity of issues facing those who wish to study or facilitate educational change. Extrinsic pressure arises from ongoing societal change in the face of a dichotomy between educational theory and practice. Intrinsic pressures for change evolve from the need for constant renewal of institutions and individuals in order to remain interesting and creative. Specific issues complicating change procedures include (1) a limited knowledge base concerning the process, effectiveness, and relevance of particular educational changes; (2) the ethos and milieu of the educational profession, strongly supportive of continuity; (3) the inertia of organizational and mental structures; (4) questionable transferability of innovative procedures from one field situation to another; and (5) the question of ideological intent--planners and classroom teachers more often than not prefer merely to tinker with the educational system rather than to introduce substantive change. (MB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting, American Educational Research Association (New York, New York, April 4-8, 1977)