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ERIC Number: ED140503
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr-8
Pages: 33
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
A User-Driven Federally Supported System of School Improvement: Design Specifications.
Mann, Dale
The reconciliation of federal purposes (to bring change to those who do and those who don't welcome it) with a user-driven system (a system that maximizes user self-determination) is the basic paradox analyzed in this speech. One of the principles of organizational development is that unless the individual's perceived self-interest can be engaged, there will be no change. Several strategies available for federal officals to engage the self-interests of school personnel are the forcing, buying, persuading, manipulating, and reinforcing of change. The political feasibility of these strategies varies by the legitimacy necessary to sanction their use, and with attitudes versus behavior as a target for change. A number of features are suggested that would characterize a user-driven system and those features are related to the paradox. Two rules used in selecting these features are the determination of (1) what will maximize the prospects for successful change at the service delivery level (schools and classrooms), and (2) what can reasonably be assumed to be within reach of federal policy-makers and program administrators. (Author/MLF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New York, N.Y., April 4-8, 1977)