Federal Programs Supporting Educational Change

Vol. VIII, Implementing and Sustaining Innovations

by Paul Berman, Milbrey Wallin McLaughlin

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Last in a series of studies of federally funded (change agent) programs designed to introduce and spread innovative practices in public schools. Rand conducted a four-year, two-phase study: The first phase (July 1973 to July 1975) studied local innovations during their last or next to last year of funding, and the research focused on the initiation and implementation of these local projects. The final phase of the research (May 1975 to April 1977) examined what happens to local projects in ESEA Title III and ESEA Title VII (the two largest change agent programs) when federal funding stops. This last volume in the series summarizes the findings from both phases of the study and, drawing on these results, describes the process of change at the local level — initiating, implementing, and sustaining innovative projects.

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