ERIC Number: ED165256
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun-21
Reference Count: 0
Provincial Education Policymaking: Shaping Tomorrow's Future or Reliving Yesterday Tomorrow?
Myroon, John L.
Policy-making is viewed in this paper as a major mechanism for meeting the educational aspirations of the provincial publics and inducing improvements in the quality of education. The reconstructionist's transmittal and traditionalist's transformation ideological philosophies are merged as legitimate symbiotic functions of education; thereby giving rise to the proposal for provincial governments and education departments to adopt a "pro-retrospective" policy-making mode, with a higher priority ordering for the futures mode. Several provincial policies are examined in the Alberta context to ascertain the policy-making mode of the Alberta Department of Education. Some reasons are cited from literature that help explain why educators are generally reluctant to accept the prospective policy-making mode. Finally, nine recommendations are advanced and operational explication regarding each recommendation developed for improving provincial educational metapolicy (policy-making process) and the quality of policies through the "pro-retrospective" mode. The conclusion, and overall theme of the paper, suggests that if a "pro-retrospective" policy-making mode is not adopted by provincial governments and departments of education, we might be reliving yesterday tomorrow, instead of shaping tomorrow's future. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Canadian School Trustees' Association Congress on Education (1st, Toronto, Ontario, June 17-21, 1978); Not available in paper copy due to marginal legibility of original document