ERIC Number: ED234723
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Two Decades of Experience with Educational R&D Centers.
Mason, Ward S.
Background information is presented on the history and operation of educational research and development (R&D) centers supported by the National Institute of Education (NIE). The objective is to provide information for the four study groups that are assisting NIE in identifying missions for center competition. In addition, some lessons that can be applied to the 1985 competition and to monitoring R&D centers in the future are suggested. Information was obtained from a literature review, interviews with center institutional monitors, and the experiences of a former R&D center program director who became a NIE staff member. Attention is directed to R&D center program management by the U.S. Office of Education during 1963-1972, the implementation and reversal of a program purchase policy under the management of NIE during 1972-1978; and an institutional support policy enacted by NIE during 1979-1983. The following issues are examined: whether the centers have been programmatic, whether the primary responsibility for identifying needed research projects and designing projects should be with the federal government or with investigators in the field, the sponsorship of centers by universities, and the relationship between research and practice. Four NIE program management issues are also covered. (SW)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Identifiers: National Institute of Education; NIE R and D Centers and Regional Educational Labs; Office of Education
Note: Paper prepared for the Laboratory and Center Coordination Committee. For related documents, see ED 112 473, HE 016 673-685, and HE 016 689.