ERIC Number: ED272564
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Jun
Assessing American Education: Shrinking Resources, Growing Demands.
There is a need for educational research even during financial difficulties. Wisdom and efficiency in spending, careful data collection, and collaboration among agencies should be important goals while resources are scarce. Considering the situation, this paper describes critical issues in elementary and secondary education and the manner in which national data collection efforts might address these issues effectively. The critical issues include the equal importance of equity and excellence as goals of American education. Several phenomena related to the goals of equity and excellence are discussed, including bilingual education, private schools, use of computers in schools, drop-outs, and the transition from school to work. A second major issue is the development of students from childhood through adolescence. Developmental issues include longitudinal studies, especially of elementary school children, preprimary school programs, and adolescent development. The quality of instruction, including teacher preparation and classroom processes, and public perceptions of education are discussed as well. A five-page reference list is included. (JAZ)
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Bilingual Education, Child Development, Computers, Data Collection, Dropout Rate, Educational Assessment, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Longitudinal Studies, Preschool Education, Private Schools, Research Design, Research Needs, Teacher Education, Teacher Salaries, Teaching Methods
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Center for Education Statistics (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Invited Papers: Elementary/Secondary Education Data Redesign Project, October 1985; see TM 860 450.