ERIC Number: ED348396
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992
Reference Count: N/A
Use of R&D Laboratory Services and Products for School Improvement.
Buttram, Joan L.; And Others
The effectiveness of four technical assistance-oriented services/products of one regional educational laboratory was studied. The services/products studied included a thinking skills activities workbook for classroom teachers, a videotape for rural educators on exemplary software for developing the thinking skills of at-risk students, a research report for urban school administrators on the interrelationships between student and teacher commitment, and a Chapter 1 program improvement and monitoring process (monitoring instrument, training, and ongoing consultation in the monitoring and improvement of Chapter 1 programs). A tracer study tracked the dissemination and use of services/products through exchanges of information with the external evaluators, following which the service/product providers and primary, secondary, and tertiary recipients were interviewed. Recipients were contacted by telephone by the evaluators between 6 months and 1 year after receipt of the service/product. The workbook and the program improvement and monitoring process were found to be more successful than the other two services/products in their degree of dissemination, assessment, and use. The workbook and the process met a defined need, they had a clearly specified target audience, their purpose and potential use were focused and unambiguous, and they could be used without extensive further direction; the videotape and the research report did not meet these criteria. Two references are included. (RLC)
Descriptors: Education Service Centers, Educational Improvement, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Information Dissemination, Program Evaluation, Regional Laboratories, Research and Development, Research Reports, Research Utilization, Technical Assistance, Use Studies, Videotape Recordings, Workbooks
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Identifiers: Educational Information Centers; Service Delivery Assessment; Technical Assistance Centers; Tracer Methodology