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Appraising the Effects of Innovations in Local Schools

by Henry M. Brickell — 1969

A school may be thought of as a complex system—a series of interlocking components arranged to carry out processes which will ultimately produce learning as an outcome. While a school is not a carefully engineered system and bears little resemblance to a smoothly operating machine, it is a system nonetheless. As a system it has three specific characteristics which have been selected as the concerns of this chapter: (a) It has components which could be replaced by others that might be even better than those now being used; (b) the present components are so interconnected that changing one will result in changing the others; and (v) the processing route is so lengthy that a change in the system will have a delayed effect on the final outcome.

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 68, No. 2.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 70 Number 10, 1969, p. 284-304
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19624, Date Accessed: 3/22/2018 9:57:02 AM

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  • Henry Brickell
    Institute for Educational Development
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    HENRY M. BRICKELL is the Director of Studies at the Institute for Educational Development.
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