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ERIC Number: ED161835
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Analogy and Credentialling. Research Series No. 6.
Floden, Robert E.
Discussions of accreditation and certification in the field of education often draw examples from law and medicine. In these analogical arguments, two assumptions are commonly made: first, that education is similar and comparable to law and medicine, and second, that accreditation and certification practices in the legal and medical fields are demonstrably effective. The first premise is almost always attacked by critics, but it is the second premise--the assumed effectiveness of accreditation and certification practices in law and medicine--that is especially questionable. Evidence of why the second premise is either false or undecidable is presented here in detail. (Author)
Descriptors: Accreditation (Institutions), Credentials, Educational Specifications, Evaluation Criteria, Law Schools, Medical Schools, Schools of Education, Teacher Education
Institute for Research on Teaching, College of Education, Michigan State University, 252 Erickson Hall, East Lansing, MI 48824 ($1.25)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Inst. for Research on Teaching.