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ERIC Number: ED359643
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 47
Abstractor: N/A
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The Quality Fit.
Vertiz, Virginia C.; Downey, Carolyn J.
This paper proposes a two-pronged approach for examining an educational program's "quality of fit." The American Association of School Administrators' (AASA's) Curriculum Management Audit for quality indicators is reviewed, using the Downey Quality Fit Framework and Deming's 4 areas of profound knowledge and 14 points. The purpose is to examine how the premises of the curriculum-management audit and the ideas of the quality movement align themselves. Compared with Downey's framework and Deming's areas of profound knowledge, findings demonstrate a strong alignment in the areas of purpose and structure, but little in the area of relationships. Compared with Deming's areas of profound knowledge and 14 points, there is considerable overlap of Deming's principles and the curriculum-audit standards. If the audit is used as a vehicle to transform a school system into a quality school system, top-level management should: (1) drive out fear; (2) break down barriers between staff areas; (3) eliminate slogans, exhortations, and targets for the work force; and (4) eliminate numerical quotas for the work force and numerical goals for management. In summary, although there is significant overlap between the curriculum-audit and quality-management principles in some areas, other areas are implicitly addressed in the context of the audit. Seven tables are included. (Contains 22 references.) (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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