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Educators must adapt the way they think about change if they and their students are to see the benefits of instructional technology. This new paradigm is called systemic change, and combines general systems theory and what has traditionally been called diffusion of innovations. This paper explores some of the lessons it holds for integration of technology into the Information Age classroom. The first thing to remember in planning education change is that education is a social enterprise. Success will depend on ability to maximize the satisfaction of the stakeholders or people that will affect and be affected by changes. A representative from each group of stakeholders should be involved. The second lesson is that to be effective and enduring, change must be implemented as a package. A core tenet of systemic change is that lasting reform comes not through any individual change but through a network of interrelated changes with effects throughout the system. Finally, educational institutions must be willing to change old assumptions about teaching and learning. Staff development, infrastructure improvements, changes in methodology, and stakeholder involvement are all necessary complements to installing the technology itself. (Contains 15 references.) (AEF)

Descriptors: Computer Uses in Education, Educational Change, Educational Development, Educational Planning, Educational Technology, Program Effectiveness, Systems Approach, Technology Integration

Author: Ellsworth, James B.


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