ERIC Number: ED246271
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Functions of Research: A Conceptual Analysis of Basic, Applied and Evaluation Research and Its Application in Adult Education.
Although previous conceptualizations have made distinctions among two types of research, this paper suggests conceptual distinctions among three types of research: basic, applied, and evaluation. In an evolving field, distinctions are based on recent writings and the elaboration of evaluation research as different in emphasis from basic and applied research. This paper, in addition, illustrates the distinctions among the functions of basic, applied, and evaluation research with empirical studies in adult education. The conceptual framework for the distinctions among basic, applied and evaluation research was developed from both the literature and actual uses of empirical studies. The paper concludes that there seems to be consensus that basic, applied, and evaluation research are important and there is a necessity to nourish all kinds of research. Understanding the functions of basic, applied, and evaluation research aids in conducting, reading, and using research. (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Evaluation Research
Note: Paper presented at the Adult Education Research Conference (Raleigh, NC, April 1984).