ERIC Number: ED234721
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Aug-23
Laboratory Purposes and Functions: Issues for the National Study Group on Regional Educational Laboratories.
Mack, David P.
Issues concerning the purposes and functions of regional educational laboratories supported by the National Institute of Education (NIE) are examined. The analysis is designed to assist the Study Group on Regional Laboratories to develop and evaluate a number of alternative conceptions of laboratories. A brief history of the laboratories and existing legislation and policy are reviewed. A set of questions for each issue is also included. Attention is directed to the following concerns: (1) the purposes that NIE wishes to achieve through the regional laboratories; (2) identifying the primary clients of laboratories; (3) the functions that should be performed by the laboratories; and (4) the organizational structures that are appropriate for laboratories. It is noted that although laboratories share fundamental purposes, each lab has defined its specific mission in relation to its region and the wishes of its board. In addition to the research, development, and assistance provided to individual states, laboratories share a common purpose of facilitating sharing and exchange among the states in their region. The labs focus most of their attention on the improvement of elementary and secondary education, although they often work with colleges and universities. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.