ERIC Number: ED202141
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Reference Count: 0
The Fallacies and Prospects of Educational Planning: Reflections on a Shopworn Craft.
Weiler, Hans N.
Past notions of educational planning have been overly mechanical, technical, and apolitical. The have overestimated the effectiveness of quantitative techniques, underestimated the importance of qualitative, historical, and political factors, and oversimplified the complexity of the relationship between education and social change. As a result, planning has been undertaken from too universal a standpoint and without enough consideration for the specific national or regional context. This context should also determine the proper role of the planner. Participation in the planning process by those most affected can improve the responsiveness of the process to the context if communication among participants is adequate. The information base for planning needs to be extended in most cases, and the capacity of each educational system to implement the plans must be considered. Economic and political dependency, the funding of planning by extra-national agencies, and the dominance of the international model of educational planning all tend to aggravate these problems in developing nations. (PGD)
Descriptors: Cultural Context, Developing Nations, Educational Planning, International Educational Exchange, National Programs, Participation, Political Influences, Social Influences, Socioeconomic Influences, Technical Assistance
Publications, Institute for Research on Educational Finance and Governance, School of Education/CERAS Bldg., Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305 ($1.00).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Inst. for Research on Educational Finance and Governance.