ERIC Number: ED128370
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Designing Research for Policy Making.
McDonald, Frederick J.
Phase II of the Beginning Teacher Evaluation Study was designed to provide data relevant to policies that might be developed for teacher preparation and licensing. A portion of the data from Phase II is used to illustrate how the research was designed to answer these policy questions and how the data implies provisional answers to them. To answer the question of what is awry between the world of policy and the world of research, two answers are proposed. The first is that the failure to understand the political nature of policy making leads to irrelevant research which offers policy makers solutions they cannot use. The policy alternatives available to the policy makers should be carefully laid out as a first step in planning research. The second answer is that since policy making is decision making, the decision making process also has to be laid out to see what kind of decisions need to be made to develop and implement a policy. An analysis of these decisions should indicate the kinds of information that policy makers will need. These needs should determine which research needs to be done. (RC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (60th, San Francisco, California, April 19-23, 1976)