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ERIC Number: ED342100
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 43
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
A Framework for Collaborating for Educational Change. Increasing and Improving the Quality of Basic Education IIEP Research and Studies Programme Monograph No. 3.
Shaeffer, Sheldon
Within the last 20 years, the idea of "people centered" or participatory development has become more prevalent. The participatory approach to development represents a considerable change in the process of governance, in social and political relationships, and in who participates in, is empowered by, and controls the development process. After discussing the strengths and weaknesses of participatory development, this document gives a thorough examination of the actors involved in the participatory development of education, (government, schools, community, and nongovernment organizations). Each of these "actors" is evaluated according to their knowledge, skills, attitudes, and motivations before discussing how collaboration among each group can more readily occur. The most important element of collaboration relates to the increased participation of teachers, parents, and the community. This may involve the contribution and management of resources, policy and governance, school operations, and the content of the school curriculum. Certain factors and conditions can be consciously created and nurtured in order to make these changes easier to achieve. The document focuses on government commitment, institutional changes, greater professional autonomy at the school level, social autonomy at the community level, and collegiality and continuous improvement at the school level. (79 references) (LAP)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). International Inst. for Educational Planning.