ERIC Number: ED511896
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 108
Adding Soft-Skills to the Hard Target of Adequacy: The Case for Rearticulation Based on a Multifocal Analysis
Knoeppel, Robert C.; Brewer, Curtis A.; Lindle, Jane Clark; First, Patricia F.
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the South Carolina Educators for the Practical Use of Research (Columbia, SC, 2009)
The purpose of this study is to expand the definition of adequacy by adding soft skills as a measure of school productivity. The singular focus on academic standards inherent in education policy has prevented scholars from seeing the concept of adequacy through myriad perspectives and has contributed to a resegregation of schools. Education policy includes legal, historical, and political perspectives; research inquiries must accommodate these multiple foci. This study made use of multifocal analysis to investigate the development of the concept of adequacy in South Carolina. Conclusions suggest an expanded definition of adequacy has potential for addressing school financing policy, but also for making historical, political and legal contributions to educational and economic policies aimed at repurposing schools.
Descriptors: Productivity, Academic Standards, Educational Change, Educational Policy, School Effectiveness, Measurement, Role of Education, Concept Formation, Definitions, Skills, Politics of Education, Economic Factors, Educational Finance, Policy Analysis, School Segregation, Educational Environment, Laws, Equal Education, Access to Education, Cultural Pluralism, Global Approach, Intercultural Communication, Court Litigation, Educational History, Evaluation Criteria, Educational Assessment
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Brown v Board of Education; Equal Access; Plessy v Ferguson