ERIC Number: ED234495
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
The Computer in Educational Decision Making. An Introduction and Guide for School Administrators.
Sanders, Susan; And Others
This text provides educational administrators with a working knowledge of the problem-solving techniques of PERT (planning, evaluation, and review technique), Linear Programming, Queueing Theory, and Simulation. The text includes an introduction to decision-making and operations research, four chapters consisting of indepth explanations of each technique, and instructions on the use of computer programs. PERT is used for planning and analyzing stages or activities in project development. The chapter includes step-by-step instruction in its use--with illustrated charts and examples--and an explanation of the GCPATH program for a PERT computer analysis. The third chapter centers on the use of Linear Programming, a mathematical technique designed to solve mathematically stated problems. It contains examples of the computer program LPRG and illustrates its use in several different situations. Queueing Theory, the subject of the fourth chapter, is a method for analyzing waiting line problems. Presented are the basic elements of the theory, discussion of its use, and an outline of solutions to waiting problems with the QUEUE computer program. The final chapter introduces Simulation Technique, where a variety of simulated solutions to problems are used instead of real life situations. Practical examples illustrate the application of the technique and the use of the computer programs ENROLL, SUBST, and BUSRTE. (MD)
Descriptors: Administrators, Computer Oriented Programs, Computer Programs, Decision Making, Educational Administration, Educational Planning, Enrollment Projections, Evaluation Methods, Guidelines, Linear Programing, Management Systems, Mathematical Models, Models, Operations Research, Planning, Problem Solving, Simulation
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR.
Note: Published by Time Share Corporation, Hanover, NH.