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Title:Desired outcomes of public elementary and secondary education in Illinois: A Delphi study
Author(s):Alexander, Nancie C.
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Ward, James G.
Department / Program:Education
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):Education, General
Education, Curriculum and Instruction
Abstract:Certain stakeholders in public education have significant influence on decisions to support the educational system. These stakeholders will support education if they believe it to be efficient. Efforts to determine school efficiency, however, require specification of the outcomes of the public schools. Identifying stakeholder expectations for the outcomes of schooling was the primary purpose of this study.
Besides serving as a logical precursor to studying school efficiency, knowing influential stakeholders' expectations for the public schools will help clarify the picture of educational outcomes in Illinois. It will allow educators and policy makers to assess the congruence of the schools' products with stakeholders' outcome expectations. This will aid in determining school efficiency and in securing support for the educational system.
To determine the primary outcomes of schooling in Illinois and their priority ranking, this study employed the Delphi method of inquiry. A panel finally consisting of 23 leaders of educational interest groups generated a list of 53 desired outcomes of public education in a first round questionnaire. Through a second round questionnaire, panelists reflected upon and prioritized responses made in the first round, reaching agreement on 16 of 53 responses. A third round questionnaire provided panel members with additional feedback to reconsider their previous ratings in order to reveal final priorities. By achieving consensus in the prioritizations, the panel identified 21 outcomes defined as the primary outcomes of public schooling in Illinois.
Issue Date:1990
Rights Information:Copyright 1990 Alexander, Nancie C.
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9114158
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9114158

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