ERIC Number: ED379188
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Education and Socio-Economic Achievements: Towards an International Survey of Educational Systems.
Cohen, Erik H.
This paper represents the initial stage of a project established to describe and understand the rationale and processes of certain educational systems in Israel and other countries, and to spread the acquired knowledge as a useful practical contribution. The problem in the study is to understand the conditions prevailing and the methods to be used in attempting to raise the educational level of those countries. The project faced certain obstacles, firstly, in its theoretical basis, since the general topic of comparative education has not yet acquired a full conceptual and methodological outline, and secondly, in implementation, since the governments of the countries surveyed are the potentially interested parties. Particular attention must therefore be paid to the political dimension of the research and advisory activities. The purpose of this initial stage has been to answer two preliminary questions: (1) What are the criteria which will enable one to locate the countries with the highest rate of success in education? and (2) which are the four countries having the highest educational level to be subsequently investigated. The paper discusses comparative education including definitions and objectives of comparative education and methods and problems in the area. The survey process is described including a multi-dimensional approach, monotonous correlations, geometric data analysis, and multi-dimensional structural analysis. The study found that there is no country with a very low educational level that also has a high economic standard. A 6-page bibliography is included. A section of tables and documents presents the overall details of the similarity analysis and of the educational partial orders. (DK)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Comparative Education, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Educational Trends, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Foreign Countries, Socioeconomic Influences
Institute for the Study of Educational Systems, Beit Milken, 13 Tel-Hai Street, Jerusalem, Israel 92107.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Administrators; Researchers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, Inc. (Israel).; Foundations of the Milken Families, Jerusalem (Israel).
Authoring Institution: Institute for the Study of Educational Systems, Jerusalem (Israel).
Identifiers - Location: Israel