ERIC Number: ED039736
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Reference Count: 0
Should Educators Generate Specifications for the Purchase of Equipment?
Bright, R. Louis
Many educators believe that they should be able to decide what they need and issue functional specifications for the equipment they want to purchase. In order to maximize the cost effectiveness of a given technology, it may be better to have a constant interplay between people familiar with educational problems, educational research, hardware technologies, and production and development costs, so that it will be possible to make intelligent trade-offs among various alternative approaches. Educational users should also be represented on all appropriate industrial standardization committees and should agree to specify that all equipment they order must be in compliance with the standardization recommendations of these committees, unless there is some urgent educational reason for deviating. Government support of research would help to encourage companies to develop products without the necessity of having a guaranteed market against which they can write off their development costs. (JY)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Academy for Educational Development, Washington, DC.
Note: This is one of the support papers for "To Improve Learning; a Report to the President and the Congress of the United States by the Commission on Instructional Technology", ED 034 905