ERIC Number: ED156109
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jan
Reference Count: 0
A Synthesis of Findings Across Five Recent Studies of Educational Dissemination and Change.
Emrick, John A.; Peterson, Susan M.
The synthesis presents an initial overview of five investigations of educational dissemination and change in American schools and the implications of these studies for policy making related to federal and state dissemination programs, management of such programs, and needed research, development, and evaluation. A brief synopsis of each study was developed in a common format and level of discourse to provide these essential study facts relevant to the synthesis: the prevailing dissemination and change assumptions underlying the program; essential features of the methodology used to study the program; and the primary and secondary findings of the study. Knowledge gaps due to different emphases across studies are identified and are bridged through interpolation and inference. Conclusions drawn from the studies were that (1) some form of personal intermediary or linkage is essential to the dissemination process, and (2) a relatively comprehensive support system is needed to provide crucial materials and in-person utilization assistance. (Author/JAB)
Descriptors: Diffusion, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Research, Evaluation, Federal Programs, Information Dissemination, Information Utilization, Program Administration, Program Evaluation, Research Needs, State Programs
Educational Dissemination System Support Program, Far West Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, 1855 Folsom, San Francisco, California 94103 ($2.00)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.