ERIC Number: ED253935
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Megatrends in American Society: Policy Issues for State Education Agencies. An Issues Analysis Paper. Discussion Draft.
Hansen, Kenneth H.
This paper attempts to match identified large-scale social trends (derived from the popular book "Megatrends" by John Naisbitt) to possible state education agency (SEA) policy positions. The first part of the analysis explores possible implications of these "megatrends" for SEA policy development. The trends discussed show America moving: (1) from an industrial society to an information society; (2) from "force technology" to "high tech/high touch" society; (3) from a national economy to regional economies, with strong global overtones; (4) from a centralized to a decentralized society; (5) from a representative democracy to a participatory democracy; (6) from a hierarchical to a network society; and (7) from an "either-or" to a "multiple options" society. The second part of the analysis considers whether the educational policies that these megatrends might suggest are feasible in a time of limited or declining resources. Possible responses by SEAs that account for declining resources and are also in keeping with these megatrends include limits on regulation and reporting, decentralization of authority, expanded technical assistance, promotion of best practices, and expanded use of electronic communication networks. (TE)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Chief State School Officers of the Northwest and Pacific.
Authoring Institution: Northwest Regional Educational Lab., Portland, OR. Northwest Center for State Educational Policy Studies.