ERIC Number: ED263117
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Using vs. Being Used by School Information Systems.
Sirotnik, Kenneth A.
This is one of a series of reports based on an ongoing reality test of systemic evaluation for instructional decision making. This feasibility study is being carried out by the Center for the Study of Evaluation with the Laboratory in School and Community Relations at a suburban Los Angeles high school (called Site A). Viewing a school as a cultural/ecological system, systemic evaluation is a set of principles to guide local development of processes to gather, organize, and utilize information relevant to the needs and values of the system and its members. This paper discusses the potential abuses of comprehensive, school-oriented information systems. There are at least three issues that must be addressed if the systems are to be used by and for people instead of against them: (1) intimately involving people in developing the purposes, contents and uses of the systems; (2) developing timely, relevant, and straightforward techniques for bringing information to bear upon practice; and, (3) creating a climate of mutual trust and responsibility for generating and using information. (BS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Los Angeles. Center for the Study of Evaluation.