ERIC Number: ED206067
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Improving Policy Through Research: A Case Study of the Revision of Delaware's Program Standards for School Improvement.
Squires, David A.
An interview study in Delaware gathered information about educational administrators' perceptions of effective high schools and existing statewide standards for effective schools. This report describes the design and analysis of this study and demonstrates how the resulting information was used to reformulate the state's policy and program for school improvement. The paper documents the utility of Knott and Wildavsky's seven proposed standards as a framework for assessing a successful knowledge utilization activity. In conclusion, the paper argues that the high impact of the interview study on policy revision was due in part to the identification of consensus among groups of educational administrators and to the provision of a systematic research-based way to bring the linguistic and conceptual frameworks of the educational administrators to bear on the problem of revising the school improvement policy. It is also suggested that Knott and Wildavsky's standards might be useful for both planning and documenting knowledge utilization activities directed toward policy revision. (Author/PGD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers: Delaware; Knowledge Utilization
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981). Figures and appendices may reproduce poorly due to small print of original document.