Federal Programs Supporting Educational Change

Vol. III, The Process of Change

by Peter W. Greenwood, Dale Mann, Milbrey Wallin McLaughlin


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The third volume in a series of reports, sponsored by the U.S. Office of Education, on federally funded (change agent) programs designed to introduce and spread innovative practices in public schools. This report summarizes the findings and policy implications resulting from 29 case studies of change agent projects conducted by Rand staff members and consultants in 25 school districts, April-May 1974. The case study sites, chosen from the original sample of 293 projects in 18 states initially surveyed, represent a variety of project objectives and local district conditions. This report also discusses the role of the state education agencies in selecting, managing, and disseminating change agent projects. Four separate appendixes to this volume describe in detail the federal program management approach, state education agency participation, and case studies for each program: Title III, App. A; Reading, App. B; Bilingual Education, App. C; and Career Education, App. D.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation Report series. The report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1993 that represented the principal publication documenting and transmitting RAND's major research findings and final research.

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