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ERIC Number: ED140816
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr
Pages: 24
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Politics and Diffusion Strategies for Instructional Development in Higher Education.
Lawrason, Robin Edgar
Approximately thirty instructional development projects at a range of institutions of higher education were identified and analyzed in relation to political and administrative control factors. Preliminary data from this survey are not encouraging to the professional instructional developer. Innovative and aggressive teaching faculty from the subject area disciplines, or high level academic officers, seem to play a larger role in the development of new programs than formally trained developers. Data also indicate that, although faculty were sometimes given rewards of money or release time, personal commitment to projects appeared to be more important in ensuring success. This study graphically demonstrated that instructional development as a systematic approach to solving educational program problems is dependent upon the efficiency of the communication and management systems within a given institution. Without interrelation of communication, management, and instructional decision-making systems, projects may anticipate confusion, delays, frustration, and eventual failure. (Author/WBC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology (Miami Beach, Florida, April 1977)