ERIC Number: ED048328
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Linking Research to Practice: Personal Observations on an Old Theme.
Hoke, Gordon A.
The basic goal of the "linkage agent" or research utilization agent is to facilitate the use of educational research and development to improve educational practice. This task may be conceptualized by a "system" or a "process" model. Successful work in the field of research utilization must encompass elements of both models. In this context, the following problem areas for linkage agents are discussed: weaknesses in the current theoretical models for change, barriers to change, the need to improve school and classroom environments, the fact that educational innovations require new patterns of behavior in a new social context, feedback mechanisms, the need for support systems, training procedures for linkage agents, and the lack of reward and the rootlessness of research utilization agents. Notwithstanding the latter, educators who have the ability and the desire to act as linkage agents will find themselves directly involved in the most pressing problems of the 1970's. Appended is a paper by Martin Tarcher on the value of research involvement as a teaching technique. (DG)
Descriptors: Coordination, Educational Change, Educational Cooperation, Educational Development, Educational Environment, Educational Innovation, Educational Practices, Educational Research, Feedback, Information Dissemination, Information Needs, Information Utilization, Linking Agents, Research Utilization
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, Springfield.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Center for Instructional Research and Curriculum Evaluation.