ERIC Number: ED104840
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
The Indicators and Measures of a Community's Educational Well-Being.
An educationally healthy community provides resident social groups with a body of learning that supports a balance between order and disorder. Educationally healthy individuals cannot live in isolation from some subgroup and the larger society, nor can a healthy larger society be isolated from different subgroups which accept some basic value orientations and challenge others. These basic assumptions about communal human needs can be related to educational goals. Three levels of learning are required for the individual to fit into society: (a) values allowing participation in some subgroup, (b) values allowing participation in the larger society, and (c) individual development which enhances the total range of human potentialities. These learning levels are evaluated in terms of the following criteria: (a) indications of what transpired during the acts of teaching and learning, (b) examination of outcomes, (c) actual applications of knowledge, and (d) indirect measures when it can be inferred that learning did or will transpire. To assess indicators and norms of individual educational health, a manageable survey instrument could measure the following factors: (a) student sense of control over the environment, (b) relevance of the school system to a particular subgroup, and (c) growth that does not make any direct or clear contribution to the social order. (Criteria for assessing educational programs are derived from a theoretical model of educational health. Figures illustrating levels and indicators are included.) (JS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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