ERIC Number: ED352720
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
Implementing Innovations: Revisions for an Agenda for a Study of Change Agent Programs in Education. Study of Change Agent Programs: A Working Note.
Berman, P.; McLaughlin, M. W.
The RAND study of change agent programs, explored the innovative process in local school systems. Specifically, it sought to identify the impact of these federal programs on local educational systems: the Elementary Secondary Education Act, Title III; Vocational Education; ESEA Title VII (Bilingual Projects); and the Right to Read Program. This paper provides a theoretical perspective for the Rand study by: (1) analyzing knowledge of planned educational change; and (2) proposing a conceptual model of factors that affect the change processes within school districts. Following the introduction, section 2 first assesses the literature on program and policy studies and then critically examines the analytical literature on planned change in education to select and formulate major theoretical issues. Section 3 suggests an approach to investigating these concerns and proposes a conceptual model. It is argued that the relationship between federal policy and the desired objective cannot be systematically formulated without analysis of change processes within the school district. In particular, the change process follows three stages: support, adaptation, and incorporation. Two figures and a 17-page bibliography are included. (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.