ERIC Number: ED349638
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
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Indicators of Attitudes to Education--What Do You Expect?
MacBeath, John E. C.
This paper describes one strand of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) project aimed at developing a set of international education indicators. This strand is concerned with attitudes and expectations of elementary and secondary schools held by parents, teachers, the public, employers, and students. The network of countries (Network D) involved have wrestled with a variety of conceptual and technical problems and have looked at the current state of the art in seven OECD countries. The similarity of thinking and of policy priority in these countries (Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Italy, Switzerland, the United States, and the United Kingdom) has been a dominant theme. Described is an analysis of the stages that the network has encountered. The first was a period of orientation and concerned itself primarily with the body of evidence that exists on the experience of school and school effectiveness. The second took a pragmatic approach by looking at the kinds of polls and surveys of attitudes and expectations that have been conducted. The third stage, in progress, includes seven additional countries--Spain, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, Portugal, Turkey, and the Walloon portion of Belgium. This stage has already produced international research studies of priority issues in the educational field. An important consideration must be that the target audience will be involved in the refinement and development of indicators. (RR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Indicators; Organisation for Economic Cooperation Development
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).