ERIC Number: ED196134
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-May-30
Reference Count: 0
Linking R & D with Schools. Products and Process: Some Preliminary Findings from the R & D Utilization Program and Their Implications for Federal Dissemination Policies.
Louis, Karen Seashore
The Research and Development Utilization Program (RDU) was intended to apply research and development products to local school problems; to develop a problem-solving and product selection process usable by local schools; and to organize a linkage system making national, state, and other external resources available to local school personnel. The service delivery system of the RDU program operated through seven projects in 20 states and served over 300 schools or school districts over the period 1976-79. Qualitative research methods, that is, case study reports, site visit material, and coded written reports, are the data sources for this report. The discussion of the preliminary findings places equal emphasis on products and problem-solving processes. Product characteristics positively related to successful programs are validated effectiveness, complexity, and direct impact on pupils. Problem-solving process characteristics positively related to successful programs are linking agent behavior as measured by the amount of time spent by the agent, amount of influence of the agent, and the agent's adoption of a facilitator or process role. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Basic Skills, Career Education, Change Strategies, Curriculum Development, Educational Change, Educational Environment, Educational Innovation, Elementary Secondary Education, Federal Programs, Information Dissemination, Instructional Materials, Linking Agents, Organizational Change, Predictor Variables, Problem Solving, Quality Control, Research Utilization, School Districts, Validated Programs
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Dissemination and Resources Group.
Authoring Institution: Abt Associates, Inc., Cambridge, MA.
Identifiers: Research and Development Utilization Program
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 7-11, 1980). For related documents, see EA 012 765 and EA 012 910.