ERIC Number: ED342085
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
The RAND Change Agent Study Ten Years Later: Macro Perspectives and Micro Realities.
McLaughlin, Milbrey Wallin
From 1973 to 1978, the Rand Corporation conducted a national study of local public schools' responses to various federal programs requiring educational change--Title III of the 1965 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), Title VII of the ESEA, programs financed by the 1968 Vocational Education Act, and the Right-to-Read program. This paper reviews the major findings of the Rand Change Agent Study and assesses their current accuracy and implications for policy. Findings indicate that local factors continue to impede policy implementation. Revisions of the earlier findings stress the importance of belief and commitment for making changes in practice, the effectiveness of external agents interacting with the local setting, and consideration of teachers' microlevel realities. Future policy implementation should: (1) avoid single-issue projects; (2) address both the content and management of organizational change; (3) utilize teachers' networks; and (4) focus on enabling practices rather than on removing constraints. Eleven footnotes are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Research on the Context of Secondary School Teaching.
IES Cited: ED501241