ERIC Number: ED255988
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: N/A
Research Impact on Educational Policy and Practice in the USA.
Mitchell, Douglas E.
This chapter examines, from four perspectives, the ways in which educational research, development, and evaluation activities in the United States are organized, controlled, and supported, and considers whether research can be properly used to shape educational policy and practice. First, the size and historical development of the research and evaluation field are reviewed to clarify the intellectual and professional practice dimensions of the problem. Second, a review of the major topics covered in recent educational research provides a basis for predicting the kinds of impact research can have on policy and practice. Third, the application of research and evaluation findings is addressed directly, in light of competing definitions of policy and policy-making, the unique character of the policy-making workflow, and the distinction between social and intellectual aspects of knowledge utilization. Finally, key theoretical and methodological issues related to the problem of research utilization in education are explored briefly. (PGD)
Descriptors: Educational History, Educational Innovation, Educational Research, Evaluation, Policy Formation, Research and Development, Research Design, Research Methodology, Research Needs, Research Utilization, Social Science Research
Not available separately; see EA 017 423.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: United States
Note: In: Research, Policy and Practice. World Yearbook of Education 1985. New York, Nichols Publishing Company, 1985. p19-41, (EA 017 423).