ERIC Number: ED371717
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Building Consensus/Building Models: A Networking Strategy for Change.
Rutkowski, Kathleen M.; And Others
In October 1993, more than 70 educational decision makers and practitioners from across the country met to discuss ways to support and promote school networking and to formulate recommendations for the National Science Foundation (NSF) to use in establishing funding priorities, goals, and evaluation strategies. This report presents the recommendations that came out of this conference. Broad consensus was reached on the need for educational change, the potential of networking to enable change, and the critical success factors for change. Policy makers are urged to work together to develop a careful, consistent, and coordinated strategy to support networking. A first set of recommendations asks that networking demonstration projects be established, with cross-curricular content and collaborative-learning features. Other recommendations center on the need for teacher training, planning and management for equitable and optimal use of networking, and the development of open, scalable, and replicable systems. A training model is described. Appendixes list conference participants, discussion summaries, and a bibliography of 170 references. (SLD)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Computer Networks, Cooperative Learning, Demonstration Programs, Educational Change, Educational Finance, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Information Utilization, Models, Needs Assessment, Networks, Partnerships in Education, Policy Formation, Program Development, Systems Development, Teacher Education, Training
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Federation of American Research Networks, Inc., Lexington, MA.; Consortium for School Networking, Washington, DC.