ERIC Number: ED193249
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Communicating Research Results to Practitioners.
Gagne, Robert M.
A report is presented of a year-long period of furnishing information to elementary schools on research findings and products related to the improvement of basic skills. Particular empirical findings are not analyzed; rather, an integrated impression of the success or failure of research utilization by schools is conveyed. The outcomes of research are discussed in three forms: conclusion-oriented (primary implications are for continuation of research); decision-oriented (the solving of a practical problem through an investigation); and the developed product (designed for immediate application and use). The properties which make the process work are local school problem-solving, training in problem-solving methodology, and interpretation of research findings. It is concluded that the best way to "get research into the schools" is to put it there, and the following are described as characteristics of school-based research and development: (1) it is decision-oriented; (2) it does not require large specialized resources, (3) it seldom employs a true experimental design; (4) it should aim towards constructing teacher procedures, not products; (5) novel ideas would have to be accepted; and (6) dissemination would become utilization. (Author/GK)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Research and Development
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (64th, Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980).