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Flexible Scheduling: A Reality.
Allen, Dwight W.; De Lay, Donald
One of the major impediments to the adoption of needed curricular reform in the high school is the restrictive, manually constructed schedule. To help solve this scheduling problem, the computer based Stanford School Scheduling System (SSSS) was developed. Experience with the SSSS demonstrates its feasibility and shows that administrators can be freed from the burden of scheduling without losing the opportunity to make vital educational scheduling decisions. Costs of approximately $1 per student are comparable to costs of manually constructing schedules. Furthermore, a computer can investigate in a few seconds the millions of possible combinations of teachers, students, rooms, and limits of time, thus making it possible to satisfy a high percentage of student schedule requests. Computer scheduling also increases the range of professional decisions possible. Since flexible scheduling is necessary for obtaining the freedom to experiment with a wide range of curriculum alternatives, restrictions imposed by manual scheduling techniques must be removed. The computer can provide maximum freedom to choose a schedule reflecting the abilities and interests of students as well as the special qualifications of teachers. (TT)
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Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. School of Education.