ERIC Number: ED143725
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Apr-4
Reference Count: 0
An Urban School District/Federal Reserve Bank Cooperative Study: Implications for Policy.
Kean, Michael H.
This paper focuses upon the question of how a cross sectional research team might prepare to provide research results to an urban school system in such a way as to maximize their usefulness in the development or redevelopment of school district policy. The aim of this team is to provide for the acceptance of positive change over time, within the organization. The paper is based upon the notion that implications for policy planning must be considered before the results are released and that the degree to which researchers are prepared, in advance, to deal with policy-sensitive items, will relate to their ultimate success in persuading organizational decision makers to make new policy or modify existing policy based upon the results of the study. The paper examines five data sectors utilizing as criteria for such an examination seven rules previously developed by Baldridge and Deal in "Managing Change in Educational Organizations" for use in assessing the strength of a change strategy. Each of the criteria is applied to each sector and to a number of the variables which compose it in an effort to ascertain potential problems which might occur. The five sectors or variables examined are: socioeconomic status, school characteristics, teacher characteristics, instructional support, and the reading program. Each variable is analyzed briefly according to seven basic criteria: 1) diagnosis of the specific problem, 2) historical relevance, 3) environmental support, 4) organizational structure and indivdual attitudes, 5) manipulability of the factor, 6) political and economic feasibility, and 7) effectiveness. (Author/AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: For a related document see UD 017 284; Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (New York, N.Y. April 8, 1977)