ERIC Number: ED225285
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Do Something, Even if It's Wrong! An Approach to Better Management and Planning in Public Schools through a Systematic Approach to Improvement of Basic Skills.
Noggle, Vernon R.
Maintaining that lack of action is one of the biggest errors school managers make, this author describes development of competency based education (CBE) programs as one example of how action can be taken by identifying a problem area and systematically approaching it. He defines CBE programs as those involving identification of basic skills, a student testing device, minimum performance levels, and promotion or graduation performance requirements. He advocates CBE for educating students for the world of the future, partly because it provides a foundation upon which training and retraining can rest. The author also holds that by developing a CBE program, a school district is announcing that it cannot teach everything and that it will concentrate on the most important curricular core. He then notes that CBE is only one pathway toward solving the problem of mass education and that, to solve this complex problem, we must dissect the task into manageable segments and deal with each component. The last quarter of the paper briefly describes the steps in starting a CBE program, including needs assessment, sharing the findings of needs assessment and gathering other opinions, evaluating other CBE programs, adapting the program to the district's own particular needs, and making sure that everyone is committed to the program. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of School Administrators (114th, New Orleans, LA, February 26-March 1, 1982).