ERIC Number: ED213089
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
A Systematic Approach to the Management of Program Development in Educational Administration.
Conducted by Nancy Brandt and Bernice Haney, this study looked at internal and external forces affecting educational change efforts in four schools of education. The study compared institutions with both high activity and staff involvement in program development to those with low activity and involvement. Data were collected through structured interviews. Interview responses in institutions in which there was active program development suggested that in these institutions personnel followed a sequence of steps to accomplish change, understood goals and priorities, had few difficulties with communication, were active participants in decision-making, were rewarded for efforts in development, and perceived the leadership of the college in a positive light. External factors (such as accrediting agencies, certification requirements, or court decisions) although not seen as major influences on development, were regarded favorably. Interview responses in institutions with low levels of involvement revealed that in these institutions there was no systematic approach to program development, goals and priorities were not clear, communication was one-way only, staff did not participate in decisions and were not rewarded for program improvement efforts, and college leaders controlled structure and rewards. External influences, although not major, were seen as negative. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Conference of Professors of Educational Administration (35th, Seattle, WA, August 16-21, 1981).