ERIC Number: ED116282
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Feb-29
Reference Count: 0
Significant Educational Research and Innovation: Their Potential Contribution to Experimental Schools Design. A Report to the Experimental Schools Program.
Bailey, Stephen K.; And Others
In essence, the Policy Institute has explored the contributions that tested educational research (including reputedly viable educational innovations not based on formal research and development) might make to actual school and classroom practice within the context of the Experimental Schools Program's planning. The Policy Institute set itself three tasks--to construct a "research-readiness" spectrum, a "criteria-of-importance' typology, and a "host-readiness" synopsis. A highly eclectic applied-social-science research method was used. This method included commissioning two independent papers, conducting interviews, and searching the literature. What emerged was a reexamination of assumptions about the innovative process. It seems that emphasis on the suitability for implementation of research results and innovations, in an abstract sense, reflects an unconscious prejudice, favoring the perspective of the researcher over that of the practitioner. As a result, the group has been led to place greater emphasis on the characteristics of the potential host. The major outcome of this discussion is a set of questions intended to be used by an evaluator as a means of focusing his judgment of the suitability of potential Experimental Schools grant recipients. Numerous appendixes are included. (Author/IRT)
Descriptors: Adoption (Ideas), Bibliographies, Community Involvement, Community Role, Diffusion, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Educational Innovation, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation, Experimental Schools, Readiness, Research Utilization, School Community Relationship
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Syracuse Univ. Research Corp., NY. Policy Inst.