ERIC Number: ED157914
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
A Consideration of the Feasibility of a National Study of the Impact of Follow Through on the Public School System. Final Report.
Monaghan, Anne Coolidge
To clarify the relationship between an educational innovation and its setting, a pilot study was conducted in three schools which housed the Follow Through Program. Personal interviews were conducted with approximately fifteen Follow Through and non-Follow Through administrators, teachers, and associates who had some contact with the program. Follow Through had some impact on its setting and vice versa; moreover, there were effects not fully attributable to either which apparently were created by a reciprocal relationship between the school system and Follow Through. The program modeled an alternative set of procedures, decisions, relationships, and values which were enacted by a staff whose beliefs, values and training were different from the regular staff. The setting had at least as much impact on Follow Through as Follow Through had on the setting because the school system defined work conditions, and because as a parent body it incorporated a smaller enterprise (Follow Through) and eventually diluted it. Results indicated that a national study can and should be conducted to define the relationship between extent and kind of site vs. innovation differences, and the impact of site and innovation on each other with emphasis on these areas: hiring qualifications, job definition, models of learning, and of decision making. The most pervasive impact of Follow Through was its catalytic function--its sheer existence encouraged revision and change, neither of which are easily generated internally. The Bank Street Check List for implementation of a model program is appended. (CP)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Attitude Change, Behavior Change, Compensatory Education, Demonstration Programs, Educational Environment, Educational Innovation, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Feasibility Studies, Intergroup Relations, Nontraditional Education, Pilot Projects, Primary Education, Program Attitudes, Program Development, Program Effectiveness, Public School Teachers, Public Schools, School Districts, Teacher Attitudes
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC. Div. of Follow Through.
Authoring Institution: Huron Inst., Cambridge, MA.