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ERIC Number: EJ1093158
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1477-8785
Distributive Decisions in Education: Goals, Trade-Offs, and Feasibility Constraints
Shores, Kenneth; Loeb, Susanna
Theory and Research in Education, v14 n1 p107-124 Mar 2016
Educators, policymakers, and citizens face questions of how to allocate scarce resources in the pursuit of competing goals for children and youth. Our goal in this article is to provide decision-makers with a framework for considering allocative problems in education, explicitly highlighting the implications of relevant feasibility constraints. We assume that the decision-maker cares about children's present and future welfare and that she gives priority to children whose welfare is lower. We highlight four especially relevant constraints: scarcity of resources, buy-in from community members, high-stakes consequences of skill development, and measurement of desired outcomes. Using four cases to illustrate common situations decision-makers face, we show that the framework provides both some understanding of the distributive decisions that are made in practice and some structure for thinking about how to optimize decisions in non-ideal settings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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