ERIC Number: ED184577
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: 0
A Synthesis of Findings across Five Recent Studies in Educational Dissemination and Change. Revised Version.
Emrick, John A.; Peterson, Susan M.
Reviewing five large-scale investigations of educational dissemination and change, this report synthesizes and consolidates their findings and implications around an issue of common interest to policymakers, program administrators, and researchers: what can be learned from these studies about processes and procedures that facilitate knowledge diffusion and utilization in schools? Each of the five studies--"The Use of Educational Knowledge: Evaluation of the Pilot State Dissemination Program,""Federal Programs Supporting Educational Change,""Evaluation of the Field Test of Project Information Packages,""Evaluation of the National Diffusion Network,""Assistance Strategies of Six Groups That Facilitate Educational Change at the School/Community Level"--was national in scope, investigated one or more relatively distinct dissemination strategies, involved in-depth case study components, and used on-site observation and data gathering procedures. A brief synopsis of each study provides its dominant goal or mission and strategies, its prevailing dissemination and change assumptions, the essential features of its methodology, and its primary findings and interpretations. Generalizations derived from the cross-study synthesis are given, and further considerations for which evidence is inconclusive or contradictory are discussed. In addition, a number of guidelines for effective dissemination/utilization are suggested. Concluding the report is a glossary of technical terms used. (Author)
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.
Note: Tables 1 and 3 A-D will not reproduce. For related documents, see ED 156 109 and ED 158 701.