ERIC Number: ED181871
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Networks and Organizational Rationality in American Public Schools.
Lortie, Dan C.
This paper addresses the question, "What potentialities lie in the use of 'informal networks' for the improvement of problem-solving in American public schools?" The first section consists of a close examination of the charge with consideration of networking and problem-solving capacity. In the second section, some of the constraints that affect work with conventional school districts are examined; in the third, constraints which influence a "horizontal" approach across school districts--lateral relationships among superintendents, principals, and teachers--are discussed. The fourth section is organized around suggestions on how networking might further local efforts to diversify practice. The paper concludes with a discussion of the need for ideological diversity and suggestions on ways in which research can inform NIE (National Institute of Education) intervention. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. School Capacity for Problem Solving Group. Network Development Div.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper prepared for the Network Development Staff, School Capacity for Problem Solving Group, National Institute of Education (Washington, DC, March 16-17, 1977); For related documents, see IR 007 659, IR 007 663, IR 007 665-666, IR 007 671, IR 007 689, and IR 007 691