ERIC Number: ED194992
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
The Future of Educational Planning: Some Skeptical Notes.
Weiler, Hans N.
Although educational planning as it is now practiced has many shortcomings, if certain recommendations are followed, a more adequate profile of educational planning is possible. A number of criticisms of educational planning have been offered: It usually attempts to preserve the status quo; it is hierarchical in nature; it is preoccupied with the problems of growth rather than with equal opportunity or needed reorganization; it usually neglects the implementation phase; its perspectives are limited, usually to economic considerations; and it oversimplifies the causal relationships between education and the social system and between education and educational planning. To become more effective, educational planning ought to change in a number of ways: It ought to become an agent of educational reform; it should be regarded as an ongoing process; although education can play only a limited role in reducing inequalities, educational planning ought to maximize this role; the assumption should be made that plans are made to be implemented; the functions of educational planning ought to be broadened; and expectation of what can be accomplished through educational planning ought not to be exaggerated. The key to the notion of educational planning advocated here is the recognition of the political nature of the process. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Communication (Thought Transfer), Educational Change, Educational Development, Educational Planning, Educational Research, Equal Education, Futures (of Society), Labor Needs, Politics, Program Implementation
Not available separately; see EA 013 022.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: British Columbia Univ., Vancouver. Center for Continuing Education.
Note: Published in "Canadian and Comparative Educational Administration" (EA 013 022). Based on a paper presented at the International Intervisitation Program in Educational Administration (4th, Montreal and Vancouver, Canada, May 1980). For related documents, see EA 013 022-050.