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ERIC Number: ED161139
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Pages: 16
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Determination of Educational Policy by Futures Research Methods.
Young, Wanda E.
Futures research can help human beings have a better knowledge of things to come, determine needs, and set priorities for achieving goals. This paper surveys futures research methods, concentrating on the Delphi method of forecasting goals. The case study used to illustrate the Delphi method is a comparison of hierarchical, homogeneous, and heterogeneous panels of experts in specialist and generalist sections who determined priorities for a program in family studies. A questionnaire, evaluated by a 15-member advisory committee, was completed by 104 persons in six Delphi panels. The response to the three-round study was 89.4 percent, 82.7 percent, and 89.4 percent. The Delphi method was found suitable to develop objectives, course groupings, and content topics for a program in family studies. There were sufficient differences in the panels to warrant continued research into the characteristics of groups used to determine policy. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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