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ERIC Number: ED429499
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Pages: 14
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Web Instruction as Cultural Transformation: A Reeducation Model for Faculty Development.
Fuller, Frank
This paper offers a model of faculty staff development for distance education that does not require, or permit, continuous change in instructional design. The model is based on the paradigm shift ideas of Thomas Kuhn and the reeducation model of Kurt Lewin. In the model offered reeducation implies not simply education or training, but involves changing basic human behavior patterns and thus changing the values (core beliefs) and valences (connections and relationships) that make people behave the way they do. Lewin's based his concept of change on eight principles and believed that reeducation requires both "unfreezing" so that the culture can change and "refreezing" within a new culture; the trainer's role is seen as balancing the threat from change with a zone of safety. Faculty trainers for distance education are urged to: (1) understand the role of theory and stereotype; (2) keep needs assessment safe; (3)remember the differences between skills training and reeducation; (4) establish teams of learners for mutual support and to diminish individual threat; (5) earn and preserve trust; and (6) be clear about unfreezing and refreezing. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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