ERIC Number: ED169665
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977-Jul
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Knowledge-Production-and Utilization: A General Model. Third Approximation. Iowa Agricultural and Home Economics Experiment Station Project No. 2218. Sociology Report No. 138.
Meehan, Peter M.; Beal, George M.
The objective of this monograph is to contribute to the further understanding of the knowledge-production-and-utilization process. Its primary focus is on a model both general and detailed enough to provide a comprehensive overview of the diverse functions, roles, and processes required to understand the flow of knowledge from its point of origin to points of utilization. The model is organized into a six-stage paradigm of knowledge-production-and-utilization. Within each of these stages, concepts are defined, discussed, illustrated, and, to some degree, interrelated. Recognized problems areas such as missing concepts, missing interrelations, or redundancy are pointed out. The presentation is divided into three sections. First, the six general stages are identified and explained. Second, the steps performed within each stage are presented in a "static" model of knowledge-production-and-utilization. Finally, the same stages and steps are represented in an "iterative dynamic" model that illustrates ways in which the process might occur under actual conditions. The synthesis is intended to enable researchers and practitioners to identify more precisely strengths and weaknesses of those areas of the knowledge-production-and-utilization chain of most interest to them. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Authoring Institution: Iowa State Univ. of Science and Technology, Ames. Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology.