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ERIC Number: ED112491
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-May
Pages: 24
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Planning the Use of Educational Resources or the Planner's Dream Is Beautiful, But Oh...Does It Work?
Greenfield, T. Barr
The planner's model requires people to be rational in setting educational policies and spending resources to implement those policies. It is assumed that if an organization has difficulty in planning, the fault lies with the people, not with the model. Two images of the school cover the conceptions commonly held by many people. The image of the school as a unit of production rests on a belief that organizations act like people. Alternatively, the school may be seen as a public utility rather than as a factory. This service model of the school accounts for the fact that people develop strongly held normative views about schools and that these views frequently conflict. There are four serious objections to the planning-production model of the school. First, schools are not really organized around educational goals; second, it is very difficult to evaluate schools; third, educational policy is not made according to plan; and fourth, useful means for identifying and measuring educational resources are lacking. To improve educational planning, people must first overcome the rationalist bias in planning and look more closely at moral and experiential bases for planning. Second, people in education must be much more experimental about discovering educational purposes, applying educational resources, and evaluating the consequences of their efforts. (Author/JG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Conference on Educational Planning of the Calgary Board of Education (Calgary, Ontario, May 5-9, 1975)