ERIC Number: ED077235
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Apr-11
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The Management of Information in Development Projects.
Stowe, Richard A.
Educational development requires management, which is basically decision-making based upon information. Information must be processed, involving movement from its source, analysis, transmission, storage, retrieval, summarization, transformation, and reporting. The regulation of this process is the purview of the information management system (IMS), an essential ingredient of educational development. The characteristics of an effective IMS are: relevancy, timeliness, accuracy, comprehensiveness, conciseness, accessibility, and inexpensiveness. Difficulties involved in establishing an IMS in educational development projects stem from the high costs involved, the lack of a stable setting in which to place the system, the changing needs for information, and the danger of inundation by information overload. Such a system is possible, however, if developers: 1) select the decisions which need to be made; 2) identify the needed information and its sources; 3) choose the proper means of information processing; 4) estimate costs and curtail the system to match cost constraints; and 5) implement and revise the system. (PB)
Descriptors: Administration, Costs, Decision Making, Educational Development, Educational Researchers, Information Dissemination, Information Processing, Information Retrieval, Information Storage, Information Systems, Information Utilization, Instructional Design, Management Information Systems, Management Systems, Program Descriptions
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Note: Paper presented at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology Annual Meeting (Las Vegas, Nevada, April 11, 1973)