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ERIC Number: ED075897
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Feb
Pages: 44
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Approaches to Studying Elementary and Secondary Educational Systems. Working Draft.
Sakuma, Arline F.
Elementary and secondary schools in the United States lack a singular pattern of organization. Each of the separate school districts can, and often does, introduce different types of changes at different times. Yet a piecemeal description of an educational system unduly complicates the task of understanding that system. As the number of changes introduced into the school system increases, a means of developing a coherent portrait of education is clearly required. Such a portrait may serve to enable a summary assessment by policymakers and planners, and to act as a tool for educating a confused public in times of rapid social change. Primarily this scheme should define the basic elements of the school system and designate the nature of some of the relationships between specific elements in that system. It is possible to delineate appropriate categories for analyzing the structural and interpersonal process at any given point in time while also allowing consideration of the dynamic aspects of the situation. On the other hand, the internal structure of the school system may be viewed as a series of interrelated decisionmaking components, each with its own set of alternative decisions and constraints specifying limits of appropriate action. (Author/WM)
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