ERIC Number: ED148739
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
An Analysis of the Perceived Ineffectiveness of Educational Research and Some Recommendations.
Krathwohl, David R.
The author examines, in the light of funding problems for Federal agencies supporting educational research, the difficulties inherent in the research process as it now exists, and methods for attacking these difficulties. The thought is presented that only by working on these general problems, will the more specific problem of funding be effectively solved. Comments are presented on one aspect of educational research: that it is perceived as as having little impact upon practice. Explanations of this perception center on (1) the role of dissemination, and the relatively little funding devoted to it; (2) the role of research as a legitimizer of practice, rather than as an initiator of chanqe; (3) the gap between researchers and research users, in which researchers are the"professionals" and users a less knowledgeable "public"; (4) the nature of scientific models, in opposition to the humanistic concepts employed by users; (5) the problem of "proof" and "truth" in educational research--when is something "proven true"? Suggested remedies include (1) increased attention to dissemination; (2) increased attention to the demonstration of theoretical sources of practice; (3) increased emphasis on research rationale, the development of theory, and the integration of research into new wholes; and (4) attention to bridging the gap between researcher and user through increased awareness of the gap and its effects, through the use of classrooms for research settings, through an emphasis on success in practice as the final proof of research validity,. and through modification of research development models to include more teacher involvement. (MJB)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
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Note: Reprinted from Educational Psychologist; v11 n2 p73-86 1974