ERIC Number: ED180063
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Jul
Reference Count: 0
How Can Educational Planning Be Rational? A Consideration of the Process of Educational Planning in Terms of the Problem of Rationality in the Social World.
McGrath, Helen Marie
This paper takes up an issue that is currently being debated in the educational planning literature--the adequacy of the central assumption of rationality in the formulation of public policy planning. It identifies the nature of the rationality that is being called into question and rephrases the debate in terms of the tenability of an assumption of scientific rationality as opposed to human rationality, or the rationality of the social world. The paper gives some indication as to the general nature of a planning model proceeding from this assumption. No quantitative or economic element enters into the discussion, though it is asserted that such elements fall readily into place under the "means" aspect of the human rationality model as it is outlined. It seems that the crux of the debate does not lie in a change of perspective--from rational comprehensive analysis to incremental decision-making or from a rational model to an organizational or political one--rather, it is a matter of attempting to find out what human rationality is all about and realizing that scientific rationality is only one aspect of human rationality. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). International Inst. for Educational Planning.