ERIC Number: ED243188
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: N/A
Multiple Alternatives for Educational Evaluation and Decision-Making. Interim Draft. Paper and Report Series No. 72.
Wholeben, Brent E.
This volume is an exposition of a mathematical modeling technique for use in the evaluation and solution of complex educational problems at all levels. It explores in detail the application of simple algebraic techniques to such issues as program reduction, fiscal rollbacks, and computer curriculum planning. Part I ("Introduction to the Modeling Formulation") discusses four stages of modeling development related to acceptance of a modeling formulation for decision-making, contextual assessment, planning for modeling development, and the specific design stage. These chapters use specific real-world problems to illustrate the purpose and application of the model. Part II ("Presentation of a Full Formulation"), also composed of four chapters, provides a detailed description of the multiple alternatives framework as a strategy for purchasing computer equipment. The chapters cover conceptualization, development of the framework, format for execution, and approaches to exploring results. Part III ("Example of a Complete Quantitative Solution") is a single chapter focusing on implementation of the model for determining fiscal rollbacks and program terminations during a crisis. Part IV consists of two chapters focusing on current extensions under research and development and a summary touching on related topics. Three appendixes provide a course outline and syllabus for Multiple Alternatives Analysis instruction and an outline for a field project proposal. (TE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Practitioners
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR. Research on Evaluation Program.