National Institute of Education

Preliminary Plan for the Proposed Institute

by Roger Eli Levien

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Detailed report of the possible objectives, programs, organization, network of relationships, and initial activities of the NIE. As proposed, the NIE would be a separate agency within HEW, parallel to OE. NIE's functioning can best be described in terms of its four major program areas: (1) solving or alleviating the problems and achieving the objectives of American education; (2) advancing the practice of education as an art, science, and profession; (3) strengthening the scientific and technological foundations on which education rests; and (4) building a vigorous and effective educational research and development system. A small percentage of NIE's resources would be devoted to an intramural program conducted by a Center for Educational Studies. As the next step in development of the NIE, an initial planning staff and advisory council, aided by panels of consultants, should examine each of the major areas of educational R&D. They would review prior and current work, identify what needs to be done, and define desirable programs of work in each area.

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