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ERIC Number: ED017738
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 22
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AN EDUCATION SYSTEM FOR THE 70'S.
BUSHNELL, DAVID S.
ALTHOUGH THE UNITED STATES' EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM HAS MANY ACHIEVEMENTS, IT HAS MANY INADEQUACIES. THERE IS A NEED FOR A CLEARER DEFINITION OF GOALS AND AN OVERHAUL OF THE EDUCATIONAL PROCESS. ALTHOUGH A LACK OF WELL-DEFINED OBJECTIVES AND INADEQUATE MEASURING PROCEDURES HAVE PREVENTED ITS EFFECTIVE USE, THE SYSTEMS ANALYSIS METHODOLOGY USED BY BUSINESS CAN BE APPLIED TO THE PROBLEMS OF EDUCATION. A PROPOSED SYSTEM, THE "ORGANIC CURRICULUM," WILL MAKE POSSIBLE THE ACHIEVEMENT OF THE OBJECTIVES OF PREPARING STUDENTS WITH ENTRY-LEVEL JOB SKILLS, BASIC LEARNING SKILLS, CROSS-TRAINING IN A CLUSTER OF OCCUPATIONS, TRAINING FOR THE ROLES OF CITIZENS AND ADULTS, AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT SKILLS SUCH AS COMMUNICATION, INQUIRY, AND PROBLEM SOLVING. A STUDENT WHO GRADUATES FROM HIGH SCHOOL SHOULD HAVE THE NECESSARY QUALIFICATIONS FOR MAXIMUM FLEXIBILITY IN POST-HIGH SCHOOL OPTIONS. THE INTEGRATION AND INTERACTION OF VITAL COMPONENTS WHICH WILL RESULT FROM A SYSTEMS DESIGN WILL INSURE THE MOST EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE LEARNING FOR THE INDIVIDUAL STUDENT THROUGH INDIVIDUALLY PRESCRIBED PROGRAMS LEADING LOGICALLY TO ACHIEVEMENT OF ADULT BEHAVIORAL GOALS. STEPS FOR IMPLEMENTING THE SYSTEMATIC APPROACH INCLUDE STATING THE PROGRAM OUTPUT SPECIFICATIONS IN TERMS OF BEHAVIORAL OBJECTIVES, SYNTHESIZING THE OBJECTIVES AMONG THE VARIOUS DISCIPLINES, DEVELOPING APPROPRIATE MATERIALS AND MEASUREMENT INSTRUMENTS, AND SELECTING MEDIA. SEVENTEEN SCHOOL DISTRICTS HAVE BEEN SELECTED TO PREPARE FOR THE NEW "ORGANIC CURRICULUM" WHILE THE BEHAVIORAL OBJECTIVES ARE BEING DEVELOPED. THE PLAN CALLS FOR AN INVESTMENT OF $30,000,000 OVER THE NEXT 5 YEARS. IN SUMMARY, THIS EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM INCORPORATES THE IDEA OF A CONTINUOUS PROGRAM CURRICULUM WITH INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNIQUES THAT EMPHASIZE ACTIVE DEVELOPMENT, POSITIVE ACHIEVEMENT, AND SELF-DIRECTION OF STUDENTS. THIS SPEECH WAS DELIVERED AT THE AEROSPACE EDUCATION FOUNDATION CONFERENCE (WASHINGTON, D.C., SEPTEMBER 12, 1967). (MM)
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