ERIC Number: ED278794
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986
Community Education Implementation: One Way--Not the Only Way.
Walker, John E.
One approach to the implementation of community education is to solicit involvement and support for the idea from the informal power structure. The first step is to identify the informal power structure; one method is the reputational technique, in which selected members of a variety of organizations each nominate at least five people who have influence on community decision making. The second step in the implementation of community education is to invite the identified leaders to a meeting to discuss an idea for improving the quality of living in their community. Showing the film, "To Touch a Child," or a similar community education presentation is appropriate at this time. It is also very important that the chairperson of this meeting do research on the identified leaders to find out their interests and then direct different aspects of the presentation to these interests, showing each the benefit of community education. From this session, a study committee can be formed and participants asked to serve. A third step in this process is the formation of study groups to explore community education further. At the same time, a planned effort to build trust is essential. The facilitator should help move the group forward to identify needs and act on them. When plans have been made, the study committee can present them to the local board of education for approval. Using the informal power structure in the community can be one of the best ways to ensure the acceptance of community education. (KC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Community
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