ERIC Number: ED221667
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Making an Educational Innovation Stick: Building State Networks to Support Experience-Based Career Education.
Bridgeford, Nancy; Douglas, Marcia
A study assessed the activities of five state networks that were designed to transfer experience-based career education (EBCE) ownership to appropriate state and local institutions and to develop a state-level support system for continued implementation of EBCE in local districts. Focus of the analysis was on factors contributing to EBCE entry, statewide coordination of EBCE, brokerage, planning assistance, demonstration, training, and evaluation. Also examined were various issues relating to developing a functional network, including coordination and management, key leadership features, institutional support for EBCE, and communication and linkages. Data showed that the state networks studied were clearly successful in increasing educators' awareness and interest in EBCE learning approaches. However, they were less successful in setting up a long-term EBCE state training capability. Analysis of networks in the five states resulted in recommendations calling for development of a simple training model that provides a way to bring new trainers into the system as experienced ones leave as well as for development of a system of recognition and reward to provide incentives for individual participation. Network designers were also urged to strongly advocate EBCE in the districts augmented by active state coordinators. (MN)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.