ERIC Number: ED360731
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Educational Partnerships as a Force for Educational Change: Findings from a National Study.
Tushnet, Naida C.
An evaluation of the Educational Partnerships Program (EPP) examines the feasibility of using earlier research on educational change to foster such change. Also, studying educational partnerships between businesses and schools can determine the limits and possibilities of using them to foster change. The Southwest Regional Laboratory (SWRL) and the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) documented and evaluated the EPP administered by the Department of Education's Educational Networks Division. The study examines 22 EPP projects and treats them as innovations with two distinct aspects: first, as innovations in organizational arrangements and second, as developers and implementers of programmatic innovations. Innovation research has shown that projects are begun for a variety of opportunistic and legitimate reasons. Most of the EPP projects were initiated to address particular problems, although some were started because of disagreement among school leaders over how to address a problem. About half of the projects included all stakeholders in implementing the plan. The study found that partnerships grounded in opportunism had less feedback and had conflicting agendas. In general, educational partnerships help students move from school to adult responsibility. Students become more realistic about the demands of being an adult, business people gained appreciation for the complexity of education, and educators learned ways of improving curriculum and instruction. (Contains 13 references.) (JPT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Regional Lab., Los Alamitos, CA.