ERIC Number: ED217547
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Feb
Reference Count: 0
The Limits of Policy Research: The Case of the Dutch Comprehensive Schools.
Creemers, Bert P. M.; de Vries, Annemieke
Using as an example the development of the comprehensive school concept in the Netherlands, this paper explores the strategy for educational innovation in a centralized national educational system, the role of educational research and evaluation in educational innovation, the impact of research on policy-making, and the strengths and weaknesses of educational research and evaluation for developing policy. The comprehensive school concept involves increasing the number of years of basic education for students while postponing the time when they will be tracked into specifically academic or vocational high schools by approximately 3 years. The paper analyzes the effects of changes in government on the availability of support for experimentation and discusses the failings of a strategy for development that called on the experimental schools to develop programs independently while contributing to the national effort. The types and functions of research necessary for implementation and evaluation of an innovation are considered next, followed by descriptions of the research done on the comprehensive school experiment and of the purposes to which the research was put. The paper concludes with an analysis of the factors affecting innovations and offers recommendations for more effective research, implementation, and policy-making strategies. (PGD)
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Comprehensive Programs, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, National Programs, Policy Formation, Political Influences, Program Implementation, Research Needs, Research Problems, Research Utilization
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Educational Research Inst. in the North, Haren (Netherlands).