ERIC Number: ED229469
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: N/A
Mutual Adaptation: Using Outside Information in Educational Practice. Documentation and Technical Assistance in Urban Schools.
This paper explores the concept of mutual adaptation in the process of information transfer for school improvement. The analysis is based on the experiences of technical assistance teams of the Documentation and Technical Assistance Project (Chicago, Illinois), which sought to link research and practice by helping schools to improve their problem solving capacities through the use of information from nine school improvement projects. Mutual adaptation in information transfer is described as the continuous altering of new information to fit the intellectual organization of the information recipient, and the concomitant restructuring of the recipient's intellectual organization to accommodate the structure of the new information. The paper examines experiences in mutual adaptation in the process of transferring information from the nine sites to other schools, from the perspectives of information offerers and recipients. The influences on mutual adaptation of collective groups (such as the staff who receive information and assistance, principals of recipient schools, and district administrations) are also analyzed. It is suggested that successful information transfer and utilization for school improvement greatly depends on the presence of mutual perception and acceptance between information offerers (or technical assistance groups) and recipients. (Author/MJL)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. School Capacity for Problem Solving Group.
Authoring Institution: Center for New Schools, Inc., Chicago, IL.