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ERIC Number: ED403304
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jan-5
Pages: 26
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Assessment and Educational Reform: Doing More than Polishing Brass on the Titanic, a Call for Discussion.
Jackman, Andrew
This exploration of evaluation strategies for systemic educational reform considers whether there is a way to design an assessment and delivery system that can accomplish the goals of the total educational process. A basic question that must be addressed in systemic reform is the role of education in the socialization processes of society. Beyond the common desire to produce an informed and educated citizenry, goals become less clear. Some goals and conflicts are considered in the context of the community college. The American Association of Community Colleges has identified a core of 13 indicators that can be used to assess college effectiveness. Evaluating college effectiveness from the perspectives of students and faculty may result in a move toward the pragmatic and a shift in systemic evaluation to value social as well as academic priorities. Systemic reform in this instance might require asking how discipline-specific knowledge fits in with the larger view of education's role in the development of the whole. The paper takes the position that a delivery system should be created that emphasizes what people should be able to do when they are finished with what the system provides. Before this can be accomplished, it will be necessary to understand what education should be and its desired outcomes. Reform must be more than polishing the brass on a ship that is sinking. (Contains seven references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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