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ERIC Number: ED087436
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Apr
Pages: 9
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Computer Applications in Decision-Making In Educational Administration.
Mathews, Walter M.
A survey investigated the use of seven computerized decision-science techniques in public school systems. A stratified random sample of 128 12-grade school districts of varying sizes was drawn; a questionnaire was sent to the respective superintendents asking them to report the current and potential applications of the following techniques in their districts: 1) program evaluation and review technique (PERT); 2) planning, programing, budgeting system (PPBS); 3) simulation; 4) linear programing; 5) projection; 6) management information systems; and 7) cost-benefit analysis. Results showed that projection techniques were the most widely used, averaging three applications per district, followed by management information systems and cost-benefit analysis (each more than two applications per district), PPBS and simulation (two applications each per district) and linear programing and PERT (one per district). While the number of applications was higher than expected, it was still evident that successful methods were not being employed to an optimum extent. Since school administrators realize their needs in these areas, it is incumbent upon training programs to provide educators with the skills required to utilize these techniques. (PB)
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