ERIC Number: ED083598
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Sep
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Accountability and Behavioral Objectives: Hobby Horses to the Rescue.
Duke, Charles R.
The Leaflet, v72 n3 p3-12 Sep 1973
American education reflects American society, and when society has difficulty in establishing clear objectives for itself, as it does now, education also has difficulty. Behavioral objectives and educational accountability are a result of public pressure and reflect a broad social movement originating in business, where the emphasis has traditionally been upon efficiency, rationalization, and engineering. For over half a century education has been frantically trying to measure the results of teaching so it may answer a society which gets very impatient at what it deems as unsatisfactory performance. And yet, if we had spent that time on teaching itself--what it is, how it works, who the learner really is, and what his needs are--perhaps we would now be riding fewer hobby horses and spending much less time bumping around in the dark. (Author/LL)
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Authoring Institution: New England Association of Teachers of English.