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ERIC Number: ED049326
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Apr
Pages: 22
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Equality of Educational Opportunity.
Cross, K. Patricia
A consideration of the use of the phrase "equality of educational opportunity" and of the educational models used to attempt its implementation suggest the following recommendations. If education is to devise learning models that will maximize individual potential and aid in matching human abilities to the work required by societies, then (1) we must be able to identify and measure diverse human talents, and (2) we must be able to describe the skills and abilities that are needed to improve the world that man inhabits. There are some promising research findings that make obsolete the old academic requirements. Closely related to the identification of talent is the cultivation of talents. There is research evidence for the existence of differences in learning "styles". Once again, we need more options, and it is recommended that research on how people learn continue to probe the use of new media, the effectiveness of work-study programs, the role of affective learning, etc. Research is a necessary but not a sufficient condition to develop new educational options. It is recommended that government jobs serve as experimental models and that industry be encouraged to experiment further in defining job requirements in terms of behaviors instead of credentials. (Author/JM)
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Note: Position paper prepared for the Education Task Force of the White House Conference on Youth, Estes Park, Colo., April 18-22, 1971