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ERIC Number: ED045566
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 14
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Educational Accountability; Getting It All Together.
Rhodes, Lewis A.
Some form of accountability for what comes out of schools is increasingly demanded. The cause-effect or means-end relationship assumed to underlie most institutional management strategies must be reexamined since the educational system must assure that individuals can cope with and profit from the other "teaching experiences" in the world around them. While advances in knowledge and technique make possible an institution where individual learning can be facilitated and assured, it is difficult for people to believe it possible since few have had the practical experience of managing resources to that end. The needed management procedures exist today--a goal-directed management process which permits both the present and desired operation of a school to be viewed from a common frame-of-reference focused on the learner. Implementation of an institutional policy of accountability--as a managerial ethic--must take into account the reality that educators have little control over many external factors affecting individual learning. The educational management process (in which administration is not considered as a function apart from teaching) is a continuing information feedback mechanism which holds the professional educator responsible or accountable, not for the discrepancies, but for doing something about them with the information provided. A policy of total institutional accountability can provide a management framework in which both the process and product can be perceived and dealt with together. (JS)
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Note: Background paper for seminar on accountability of the Annual Texas Conference for Teacher Education, Oct. 1970