ERIC Number: ED193537
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Jul
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Effects of Continuity on the Impact of Vocational Education Research.
Cheney-Stern, Marilyn; Evans, Rupert N.
Continuity is one of the great facilitators of educational impact--measurable phenomena of positive or negative value which follow the completion of a project or program. It is assumed that continuity in educational research leads to accumulations of (1) research skills, (2) knowledge about previous related research, (3) contacts with like-minded researchers, and (4) data sources. It is further assumed that such accumulations increase the probability that the researcher-produced knowledge will be useful, the researcher will disseminate results, and results will have impact on (modify) educational practice. Accumulations have not come about in vocational education research because of lack of continuity (a succession of research projects which form a coherent whole). Research projects are more likely to have impact if there is continuity of effort on the part of the researcher, continuity of goals and funding on the part of organizations which fund research, continuity of successful research results reported to consumers, and continuity of evaluations. It is further recommended that there be continuity in impact specifications. That is, the format for specifying actual impacts should reflect the format for specifying intended impacts. (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Sponsor: Illinois State Office of Education, Springfield. Div. of Adult Vocational and Technical Education.
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