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ERIC Number: ED055022
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 70
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A Review of Studies on the General Problem of Knowledge Production and Utilization.
Short, Edmund C.
The growing complexity of society has resulted in increased attention to the problem of knowledge production and utilization. This review of the scholarship pertaining to this subject traces the topic in its most general sense. Three fields of interest have received attention from researchers: 1) the relation of research to practice; 2) the nature of knowledge production; and 3) the nature of knowledge utilization. Little information is available about the first. Claims to validity for specific conceptions may differ between the researchers and the practitioners, and if research is to have an impact on practice, some disciplined study of the task and needs of the practitioner must be undertaken. In the field of knowledge production, researchers have asked a wide variety of questions and applied various methods of study in education, sociology, and science. This research literature must stand the tests of critical review and organized synthesis to become valid knowledge in the general sense. The utilization of knowledge needs to be more fully understood if it is to be effective. Techniques for locating and retrieving information have been developed but have not been as successful as expected because they are not always related to the user's understanding and needs. A bibliography of 98 items is included. (MBM)
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