ERIC Number: ED310537
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
The Organization of Schools outside the Traditional Educational Sector: An Exploratory Study.
Eyre, Dana P.; And Others
This paper describes the organizational structures and practices discovered in several alternative educational settings in various business and government organizations claiming to use a technical control operating model. The educational organizations studied included a criminal justice training center, a color consulting school, a high technology educational center, a bank training program, a training center for the disabled, and a telecommunications employee training program. The study investigates claims that education in nontraditional sectors is more efficient and effective than conventional schooling in meeting educational goals and delivering instructional activities. Findings are based on interviews with program directors and staff members and an analysis of program objectives descriptions. Initial observations suggest that education occurring outside the traditional sector is not organized in a manner wholly distinctive from traditional schools. The alternative schools exhibit many conventional organizational features, from the credentialed teacher and the credit unit to "good faith" controls rather than direct inspection of instructional or learning outcomes. In fact, alternative schools' resemblance to traditional schools probably helps them use the few technical control features they do exhibit. A second, broader study will further investigate alternative school arrangements and their organizational forms. The paper includes nine references and a table charting characteristics of an ideal technical control model for the six schools. (MLH)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Stanford Education Policy Inst.