ERIC Number: ED172401
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Education and the National Productivity Problem: An Analysis.
Hess, Fritz; And Others
Productivity in the private sector increased at a healthy rate in the United States from the time of the Depression until about 1966 and has remained uncertain throughout the 1970s. Educational productivity seems to show a similar pattern. Methods for measuring the value of educational outputs have changed since the cost-quality movement of the 1930s and 40s, when degrees of innovation served as the standard. In more recent years research has focused on students' test scores, which have been dropping since 1966. Although it is not clear that test scores are definitive measures of the value of education, the scores must be taken seriously. Solutions to the problem of lower educational productivity cannot readily be found by referring to practices in the private sector, due to the nonprofit nature of the educational enterprise. Instead, a solution may be found through careful handling of four ingredients: staff motivation, response to social change, curricular improvement, and increased commitment. (Author/PGD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: East Syracuse - Minoa Central Schools, East Syracuse, NY.