ERIC Number: ED223592
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982
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Deans as Change Agents: Testing Assumptions of the Dean's Grant Program.
Okun, Kathy A.
A study assessed academic deans' abilities to promote change in schools of education, particularly in the area of Dean's Grant Project objectives (inclusion of Public Law 94-142 concepts in the teacher education curriculum). Surveys of 104 Dean's Grant Project administrators provided the basis for followup interviews at 16 project sites. Project administrators were 11 deans of schools or colleges of education, 2 academic deans, 1 associate dean, 1 teacher education director, and 1 academic vice president. Interviews were also conducted with 31 faculty members who had participated in Dean's Grant Project activities. Five research questions were posed: (1) Do deans of schools of education think that they are able to promote change? (2) Do target faculty members think that their deans are able to promote change within the institution? (3) What factors affect the deans' perceptions of their ability to promote innovation? (4) Is there a relation between deans' perceptions of their ability to promote change and successful conduct of Dean's Grant Projects? and (5) Do deans' past behaviors in regard to innovation (in general) and mainstreaming (in particular) affect their perceptions of their ability to promote the inclusion of mainstreaming concepts in teacher education curricula? From the initial survey, critical relationships were found among the deans' age and experience, type and size of institution, and confidence in ability to organize curricular reform. The interview data suggested that deans generally perceived themselves to be in key positions to act as change agents. The results of the study endorsed the assumption that authority to promote change is invested in a deanship. (FG)
Descriptors: Academic Deans, Administrator Role, Change Agents, Educational Innovation, Higher Education, Leadership, Preservice Teacher Education, Program Administration, Schools of Education, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Educators
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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