ERIC Number: ED464936
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr-2
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Can Research Improve Technology Planning Policy?
Hoffman, Ellen S.
Technology planning policy in Michigan has been reviewed and revised through research on local school districts, with an emphasis on the effects of planning on program outcomes. This paper is a case study in the impact of research on practice as it evolved in relation to technology planning in Michigan. This paper reviews the study results and the resulting policy changes, including presentation of a rubric developed for scoring technology plans. It is designed as a focus for discussion rather than a detailed report of research findings. Study results are documented fully in an earlier report (E. Hoffman, 2001). Study findings identify some weaknesses and strengths in current plans, and result in some identified implications for educational policy. These include the following: (1) good plans do not necessarily equal good programs; (2) policies that encourage good planning processes are likely to be successful than those that encourage good writing; (3) policies should provide for planning focus on student outcomes and classroom learning rather than technology; and (4) policies need to encourage data-driven decision making. These issues have been considered in the technology planning rubric developed for Michigan schools that was tested during the summer of 2001 and distributed in the fall. (Contains 2 figures and 34 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Michigan