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ERIC Number: ED037590
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Feb
Pages: 111
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Educational Production Function. Final Report.
Bowles, Samuel
This study, concerning the conceptual and econometric problems involved in estimating educational production functions, focuses on the following topics: 1) the meaning of an educational production function estimated from cross-section data; 2) the measurement of the output of schools; 3) the problem of measuring the initial endowment of students upon entering school; 4) the measurable dimensions of learning environment, both school and home; 5) the shortcomings of the Project Talent five-year follow-up data; and 6) estimated educational production functions, using Project Talent data as well as data from the Equal Educational Opportunity Survey of the Office of Education. Some major findings are: a) the estimated relationships are consistent with the conceptual model developed in this report; b) teacher quality appears to be an important determinant of scholastic success; and c) the production functions explain a very small percentage of the variance of scholastic achievement, even using the full range of social class and school input variables. (Author/LS)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA.