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ERIC Number: ED117794
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Jan
Pages: 6
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Systems Theory and Education's Goals.
Barbe, Richard H.
Education is criticized both for failure to accomplish its objectives and for the inappropriateness of those objectives. Perhaps there is a need for an educational system that is not directed toward specific, predetermined goals. It seems that educators have adapted the engineering and management applications of general systems theory. Instead of extending systems theory to education, educators have adapted and adopted other field's applications. Almost all these borrowed applications are linear program models capable of attaining one specific product. The a priori establishment of relatively fixed objectives is characteristic of most "systems" instruction, but useful goal statements are hard to come by in education. A possible alternative is to adapt general systems theory itself, rather than its applications. Both summative and formative feedback may be used to refine and redefine goals, rather than to simply accept or reject the entire engineered system, as is often done now. Instead of trying to agree on where education should be pointing learners, educators can agree on mechanisms for making all decisions within the operating system. (Author/JG)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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