ERIC Number: ED218734
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Using Knowledge for School Improvement: A Guide for Educators.
McKibbin, Sue; And Others
To bridge the communication gap between research and practice related to educational innovation and school improvement, the authors present a selective summary, prepared especially for innovation disseminators and educational practitioners, of the key ideas in the six essays in the book "Improving Schools: Using What We Know" (1981). The document's first section examines the different assumptions and implications of technological, political, and cultural perspectives on educational innovation. Section 2 looks at the dynamics of educational change. It first notes the common characteristics of schools and then discusses the school dilemma of choosing among four pairs of alternatives--coordination versus flexibility, external expertise-seeking versus self-reliance, centralized versus shared influence, and change versus stability. This section next considers the costs and rewards of educational change and suggests ways to move away from the technological mindset. The role of outsiders and insiders in school change is analyzed in the final section, which examines the characteristics and strategies of external change agents before discussing the roles of teachers, principals, superintendents, and district resource staff. The authors suggest that a team approach could bring insiders and outsiders together. (Author/RW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.