ERIC Number: ED086691
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Nov
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Educational Laboratory and Research and Development Center Programs Need to Be Strengthened. Report to the Congress by the Comptroller General of the United States.
National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.
This report by the General Accounting Office (GAO) generated by congressional concern over the accomplishments of educational research, reviews the activities and impact of the contractors (educational laboratories and research and development--R&D centers) supported by the Cooperative Research Act under the direction of the U.S. Office of Education and, subsequently, the National Institute of Education (NIE). The laboratories were to translate the research results of the R&D centers into products such as books, audiovisual materials, procedures, and organizational structures. After testing and refining the products, they were to make them available to local school systems, generally through commercial publishers. GAO found that a) there was little evidence that products had significant impact on classrooms; b) completed or substantially developed products generated little publisher interest; and c) management problems, such as frequent changes in Office of Education leadership, have hindered the program. The report recommends that NIE a) require the contractor to state clearly the objective of the product in terms of anticipated, specific educational changes; b) establish evaluation requirements for contractors; c) set standards for follow-up evaluations; d) monitor contractors' evaluation processes; and e) demonstrate the marketability of a proposed product. (HMD)
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Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Comptroller General of the U.S., Washington, DC.