ERIC Number: ED164884
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Research Needs in Diffusion, Change and Information Systems.
Hull, William L.; And Others
Through an examination of the background and current status of programs at the National Center for Research in Vocational Education, one can identify many research problems and issues. Some of these current National Center programs include a diffusion program (combining five U.S. Office of Education-sponsored projects), research and development (R&D) efforts (focusing on operational problems in National Center diffusion and information systems), and information system activities (including the ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education, the National Center Clearinghouse, and the Resource and Referral Service). Based on these and past activities, eight issues can be identified as potential research topics concerning educational dissemination and utilization: (1) a discrepancy exists between national priorities and local user needs for the dissemination of R&D results; (2) communication processes need further development; (3) practitioner capability to obtain and use R&D information needs strengthening; (4) diffusion of innovation strategies have not been validated; (5) information about exemplary programs is not valid or reliable; (6) methods of conceptualizing and measuring the impact of R&D based information have not been developed; (7) the issue of selective versus comprehensive information systems needs resolution; and (8) the roles and relationships of public and private agencies active in dissemination and utilization need clarification. (CSS)
Descriptors: Agency Role, Communication (Thought Transfer), Demonstration Programs, Diffusion, Educational Change, Educational Development, Educational Innovation, Educational Research, Information Dissemination, Information Needs, Information Processing, Information Retrieval, Information Systems, Information Utilization, Program Effectiveness, Research Needs, User Satisfaction (Information)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.