ERIC Number: ED350699
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
A Shift in Focus: To Empower Utah's Children To Function Effectively in the Society in Which They Will Live. A Report by the Strategic Planning Commission.
Utah State Office of Education, Salt Lake City.
Plans for the fundamental restructuring of Utah elementary-secondary education are described in this report. The plans include a shift in focus from reforming the old system to making systemic changes in order to meet students' needs. The first section outlines the mission, goals, and anticipated outcomes of Utah public education. The second section highlights changing educational patterns in the state from 1800 to1988. Section 3 explains the rationale for the educational shift in focus, in which excellence is created by meeting students' needs and helping them to internalize learned information. The fourth section compares the specifics of a student-focused system with the industrial-model school in the areas of participant roles, instructional approach and scheduling, and testing/evaluation. The first steps for adopting a set of student-focused outcomes are described in the fifth section. The final section stresses the belief that restructuring around a student-focused approach can produce a wise use of human resources and requires statewide commitment. One figure is included. Appendices contain strategies for resource allocation and suggested activities for achieving student-focused goals. (LMI)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Utah State Office of Education, Salt Lake City.