ERIC Number: ED086669
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Aug
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A Model Pilot Program for Training Personnel to Develop Solutions to Major Educational Problems. Final Report.
Cullinan, Paul A.; Merrifield, Philip R.
This document is the final report of the Model Educational Research Training (MERT) program, a graduate program of the New York University School of Education. MERT trains urban school staff in skills necessary to identify problems, design valid research projects, and apply research results. The long-term objective is the training of small groups of competent research and development personnel to work in urban school districts. The paper describes the training sequence, which consists of four phases: a) introduction to basic research skills, b) development and implementation of proposed student research studies, c) refinement of basic research skills, and d) presentation of trainees' research studies. According to an outside evaluator (whose report is included in the document), the project has a) had positive impact on the school districts involved, b) brought attention to the leadership potential of trainees in their respective districts, c) been compared favorably with more traditional approaches to research training by MERT students, and d) raised the educational aspirations of the trainees. For future research training projects, the report makes recommendations concerning recruiting, scheduling, and academic credit. Students' research studies are included in the report. (HMD)
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: New York Univ., NY. School of Education.