Minutes of the Technical Assistance Workshop, May 3-5, 2000. Special Session


Because of the widespread interest in the international indicators work of Asher Ben-Arieh, a special session was scheduled in which those interested could ask him questions. Ben-Arieh began by noting that the researchers working on this international effort--about 25 in all--are involved in this in addition to their regular work. He also said that the international working group did not pay anyone's travel or lodging to these five-day meetings.

Ben-Arieh said that the northern European nations are progressive on many children's issues and that New Zealand offers very innovative programs and research. He noted, in particular, New Zealand's antipathy toward achievement and, in agreement with a member of the audience, noted that the New Zealanders like to measure systems rather than individuals. Ben-Arieh also singled out the Australians for their innovative research on the cost of children.

In response to a question about why Ben-Arieh preferred the terms "positive" and "negative" indicators to "promotional" indicators, Ben-Arieh said that the idea of "promotional" indicators, like the idea of outcomes, characterized children as part of a process.