ERIC Number: ED257185
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Building an Infrastructure for Innovation and Improvement: Short-Term and Long-Term Strategies.
Crandall, David P.
Two complementary strategies intended to achieve a strengthening of the American educational system within the next 5 years and a transformation of that system within 10 years are presented in this report. The shorter, 5-year strategy targets conventional schools and is intended to help raise student achievement and professional competence. The process focuses on the implementation of proven practices--typically classroom level instructional practices offered through nationwide dissemination networks. The strategy depends on active professional interest and sustained efforts at identifying viable practices. Researchers can help practitioners understand and publicize their results while adding to the general pool of innovation information. Funding for the process should be made a national and state priority. The longer-term strategy is aimed at innovators who must develop drastically new forms of schooling. The first step in the process is to define the characteristics of the desired educational product. Second, practical strategies for achieving these ends, incorporating reevaluated roles for professional and nonprofessional participants, must be developed. These strategies can be tested in settings in which traditional educational regulations (including certification) would be revised. These experiments would eventually provide procedures suitable for dissemination using the short-term strategy discussed earlier. (PGD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: NETWORK, Inc., Andover, MA.