ERIC Number: ED070700
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Types of Schooling for Developing Nations. Occasional Paper of the International and Development Education Clearinghouse.
Thomas, Lawrence G.
This paper focuses on the problems of comparative educational research in developing societies and suggests theories for a new cross-cultural typology for schools related to four modes of instruction: memorizing; training; intellect developing; and problem solving. For ease of comparison, the descriptions of the types are classified under the same seven readings: 1) Sources of the best curriculum; 2) Character of the goals; 3) Curriculum content; 4) Learning activities; 5) Teaching methods; 6) Tests of success; and 7) Anticipated outcomes. The purpose of the theory construction presented in this paper, is to make the concept of formal education a more meaningful variable in studies of the political, economic, and social uses of schooling for national development. The purpose of projecting hypotheses is not only to demonstrate the fruitfulness of the theories presented but also to stimulate the composition of alternative hypotheses and systematic efforts to verify or falsify all such hypotheses. Social and cultural factors, rather than economic aspects are the underlying focus of concern in this study. (FDI)
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Authoring Institution: Pittsburgh Univ., PA. School of Education.
Note: Paper presented at the Institute of Advanced Projects, East-West Center, University of Hawaii, Summer, 1965