ERIC Number: ED126568
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Increasing Productivity in Education: A Few Seminal Ideas.
Lessinger, Leon M.
As the element of government closest to direct taxpayer control, education is in deep crisis. Education must become more productive if only to maintain its present level of operation. Increasing productivity means getting the same results for less cost, getting better results for the same cost, or getting significantly better results for "real" increases in cost. Getting the same results for less cost means increasing the efficiency of the educational system. There are significant ways this can be done, but given the political realities of the educational scene it is doubtful that we shall approach efficiency in a rational way. Getting better results for the same costs or significantly better results for "true" increases is a question of effectiveness. Some promising ways to increase productivity through increasing school system effectiveness are represented in (1) pursuing ideal output through viewing schooling as a system with purposes, integrated functions, and interrelationships with other systems; (2) constructing optimal learning situations by perfecting training, educative, and celebrative experiences; (3) directly working for improved output through upgrading the derivation, specification, and measurement of training and educative objectives; and (4) transforming conventional teacher performance to teacher-artist performance that harnesses the power of affect to the educational process. (Author/IRT)
Descriptors: Affective Objectives, Education, Educational Economics, Efficiency, Elementary Secondary Education, Instructional Systems, Productivity, Systems Approach, Teacher Effectiveness, Teaching Methods
Not available separately, see EA 008 509
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Bureau of Elementary and Secondary Education (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin State Dept. of Public Instruction, Madison.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title V