ERIC Number: ED166810
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Alternative Approaches to Analyzing Educational Dissemination and Linkage Roles and Functions. Educational Knowledge Dissemination and Utilization. Occasional Paper Series.
Hood, Paul D.; Cates, Carolyn S.
The objective of this paper is to consider alternative frameworks for the description and analysis of linking agents' roles and functions and to explore the implications of the frameworks for linkage training and support. Section 1 draws attention to the variety of terms and contexts used in the literature on educational knowledge utilization and draws distinctions between three widely used terms: knowledge utilization, knowledge transfer, and planned change. In section 2, general orientations toward change are examined from a variety of perspectives. In section 3, seven widely quoted "systematic" models of change are reviewed in terms of their implications for linking agents, macrosystem linkages, linking roles, and temporary and permanent linking systems. In sections 4 and 5, recent conceptions of linkage and linking agents are examined and comparisions are drawn among the linking agent roles described in the literature. In section 6, directions for future development are suggested. The implications of previous conceptualizations and the suggested future directions for linking agent training and support are discussed in section 7. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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.