ERIC Number: ED363275
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
New Directions for American Education: Implications for Continuing Educators.
Wagner, Ellen D.
Issues and trends currently affecting the enterprise of education are identified, particularly as they relate to continuing education. To date, the national education reform agenda has featured the major components of national standards, a national curriculum, national tests, improved teacher training, and teacher empowerment combined with site-based management. The six national education goals define the conceptual parameters for a comprehensive educational reform agenda. Many educators recognize that, given the changing nature of what students need to know and do, traditional curricula and assessments are inadequate. A performance-based approach will address the needs of learners to have meaningful and relevant instructional experiences. Recommendations for transformed educational practice made by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education include: (1) an agenda for action at the state level; (2) commitment to greater collaboration in the public interest; (3) the pursuit of excellence in higher education; (4) creating a new environment for racial and ethnic diversity by fostering successful multicultural environments; (5) going beyond the traditional curriculum in technology use; and (6) faculty leadership toward education goals. Continuing educators are in an excellent position to facilitate educational reform by formulating strategies to meet the needs of the public. (Contains 11 references.) (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Standards, Agenda Setting, Continuing Education, Cultural Pluralism, Curriculum Development, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Objectives, Educational Technology, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, National Standards, Performance Based Assessment, School Based Management, State Programs, Teacher Education, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, Boulder, CO.