ERIC Number: ED209716
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Educator and Publisher Perceptions of Quality Curriculum and Instructional Materials During Declining School Enrolments.
To help Ontario (Canada) meet its goal of high quality education, researchers examined the processes by which learning materials are developed, educators' perceptions of both the processes and the materials, and the problem of maintaining high quality in learning materials while enrollments are declining. Questionnaire surveys of Ontario teachers, school board members, and publishers of commercial educational materials, together with interviews of Ministry of Education personnel and analyses of book industry journals, yielded data about influences on instruction and on commercial and local learning materials, methods of evaluating learning resources, school boards' allocations for learning materials, the ministry's book purchases and approval of materials, improvements needed in commercial and local materials, and information sources on learning materials. The report discusses the ministry's planning for materials development, commercial publishers' problems in developing materials, teacher and board assessments of ministry-approved materials and of materials developed by local boards or teachers, and alternative methods for developing, testing, and evaluating educational materials. Among the report's recommendations are that research be conducted on learning materials' effects on student learning, that teacher feedback be incorporated into learning material development, and that a provincial learning materials development center be established. (RW)
Descriptors: Administrator Attitudes, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation, Feedback, Foreign Countries, Instructional Materials, Material Development, Publishing Industry, Resource Materials, State Curriculum Guides, State Standards, Teacher Attitudes
Publications Centre, Ontario Department of Education, Ministry of Government Services, 880 Bay Street, 5th Floor, Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M7A 1N8 (Record No. ONO1519/CODE00350; $1.50 for microfiche).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Commission on Declining School Enrolments in Ontario, Toronto.; Ontario Dept. of Education, Toronto.
Identifiers - Location: Canada