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ERIC Number: EJ1132672
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0018-1609
The Rise of Objectives and Targets--Or the End of Civilisation as We Know It
Swann, Joanna
Higher Education Review, v45 n2 p41-60 Spr 2013
In this article the author argues that the major ills of our formal social institutions cannot be effectively addressed without abandoning the widely adopted model of planning, evaluation and accountability that focuses on the formulation and use of aims and objectives or--to use more recent parlance--targets. She provides some background information about the model, outlines its alleged strengths, criticises it severely and proposes a specific problem-based alternative. She concludes that if professionals wish to improve their practice and the fields of endeavour in which they operate, they must contest the orthodoxy of the objectives model.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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