ERIC Number: ED354878
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Impact of Department of Education Dissemination Practices on California Schools.
Mills, Stephen R.; Stephens, K. Gwen
The California State Department of Education commissioned the Far West Laboratory to conduct a study to enhance the effectiveness of methods of disseminating educational information in the state. The study began with a pilot written survey of administrators and support staff in a few schools. In-depth telephone interviews with department staff and field interviews with representative schools and districts provided additional information. Documents were field tracked through the dissemination process, and a survey was completed by 249 employees of 42 units, followed by phone interviews with 35 division and unit managers. General field interviews of 64 district administrators, principals, and secretaries, and additional document tracking completed the data collection. The following areas were identified as needing improvement: (1) planning; (2) targeting; (3) timing; (4) content; (5) format; and (6) marketing. Identified as determinants for understanding information dissemination were information uses in the field, organizational readiness of schools, and information sufficiency. Compliance, leverage, support, and addressing hot issues were identified as change incentives. It is emphasized that department of education must include guidance information for change planning, implementation, and management in its major school improvement documents. Twelve attachments summarize the recommendations of the survey. Also attached is a memorandum related to research knowledge in the area of dissemination. (SLD)
Descriptors: Administrators, Change Strategies, Educational Improvement, Educational Planning, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Guidelines, Information Dissemination, Information Utilization, Interviews, Pilot Projects, Program Implementation, School Districts, School Surveys, State Government, State Surveys, Time Management
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.
Identifiers - Location: California