ERIC Number: ED167604
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Researcher: Working with Linking Agents to Bring Research to Schools.
Stank, Peggy L.
The Interstate Project on Dissemination specified four components as critical for a successful state information dissemination system: linkage, information, incentive, and management. An analysis of Pennsylvania's system, using this Project as a referent, uncovered several problems: (1) the linkage component was not functioning; (2) local education agencies could not adequately identify needs; and (3) there were no linking agents in place. In response to this situation, the Pennsylvania School Improvement Program (PSIP) was developed, linking the state's department of education, two intermediate units and three research agencies with ten pilot schools. The research agencies are Research for Better Schools, Research and Information Services for Education, and the Learning Research and Development Center of the University of Pittsburgh. PSIP is built upon an intermediate unit linking agent who facilitates two-way communication between a local school and research outcomes and products. This linker is supported by staff from the research agencies and by a school-selected team. There are four major PSIP strategies: needs definition, knowledge consolidation, research outcome selection, and implementation. First year evaluations indicated that regular, on-site involvement of the linking agent is essential to maintain the momentum of the PSIP process. (CP)
Descriptors: Change Agents, Change Strategies, Educational Innovation, Educational Researchers, Elementary Secondary Education, Information Dissemination, Information Needs, Information Networks, Information Utilization, Linking Agents, Program Descriptions, Research and Development Centers, Research Utilization, Resource Staff, State Programs, State School District Relationship
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Pennsylvania; Pennsylvania School Improvement Program
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (62nd, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 27-31, 1978)