ERIC Number: ED086214
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Feb
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Information Quality and Educational Decision Making. Final Report.
Asher, William; Vockell, Edward
Research investigated: 1) the quality of literature disseminated through an educational information channel, 2) its acceptance level, and 3) its effects upon decision-making. Some 102 research documents were selected from the 1971 entries in Research in Education (RIE), the abstracting and microfiche dissemination service for unpublished literature compiled by the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC). Researchers assessed the documents' quality and educational decision-makers evaluated their practical utility. Results showed that the researchers rated the overall quality of the RIE documents as low, but that their accpetance by decision-makers was high. Decision-makers with less research sophistication tended to overrate the quality of the documents; the quality of the materials did not differ among the ERIC Clearinghouses, but was found to vary directly with the quality control level of the organizations which sponsored the research. The study, therefore, indicated that RIE often disseminated low quality information, which was likely to have harmful effects upon its intended audience. A system of rapid refereeing was suggested as a means of maintaining the positive advantages of RIE while reducing the negative consequences. (Author/PB)
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Purdue Research Foundation, Lafayette, IN.