ERIC Number: ED346543
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Educational Policy Dilemmas: Can We Have Control and Quality and Choice and Democracy and Equity?
Educational managers, policymakers, and scholars should make a courageous effort to face fundamental school system policymaking dilemmas in new ways. Self-empowering strategies are the levers that uncover, clarify, and solve problems. This paper argues that qualitative research, as a self-empowering problem solving strategy, will enable educators and researchers to explore beyond the limits of current theory and practice and make meaning of observed patterns of behavior in order to promote control, quality, choice, democracy, and equity in educational policy and management. Fundamental policymaking dilemmas include the following: (1) the basic values (equity, quality, choice and efficiency) are often in conflict; (2) the definition of "quality education" is culture laden; (3) teaching about equity, choice, and diversity requires confronting the schools' role in producing society's underclass; and (4) insider and outsider pressures are required to change the system. A detailed exploration of possible solutions to these dilemmas is provided. (JAM)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Borman, Ed. Contemporary Issues in Education. Norwood, NJ, Ablex Publishing Corporation, 1990. Chapter 1.