Educational research today operates within the context of existing educational institutions, rarely breaking through conceptual and practical barriers to systemic change. But new educational needs, resources and technology demand change in organization and policy. In order to provide adequate educational services we need a new breed of researcher, comparable to the early operational research group, who will contribute multi‐disciplinary skills to systemic analysis and management of education as a whole. From this perspective they may formulate a metasystemic model of education containing a hierarchy of subsystems arranged according to where education occurs. An Educational Development Directorate, by providing continuous analysis of such a model, will feed back to all educational planners the probable effects of their decisions and provide them with alternatives. Such an information system should lead to optimization of resources and genuine alternatives in education.
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