ERIC Number: ED196152
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov-20
Reference Count: 0
Coordination for the Improvement of Basic Skills.
Roberts, Jane M. E.
The Title II Basic Skills legislation, which is part of the Educational Amendments of 1978, requires coordination of basic skills improvement among related federally-supported programs. Coordination, while essential, is made difficult by the proliferation of agencies and bureaus concerned with basic skills and by the need for autonomy among educators. A review of pertinent literature indicates that other barriers to coordination include a lack of resources, motivation, and leadership. Strategies to reduce these barriers are negotiation between organizations to establish operating procedures and concentration of power in the hands of one organization's authorities. After careful planning, coordination should be introduced cautiously in increments. In a complex collaborative effort, a matrix management or network communication structure may be more appropriate than the traditional pyramid. In the final analysis, coordination may not be an effective strategy in all circumstances and should not occur where it is infeasible or undesirable. (WD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Maryland State Dept. of Education, Baltimore.; Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Note: Paper distributed to participants of the Maryland Basic Skills Conference, November 20, 1980.