ERIC Number: ED200379
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Aug-7
Knowledge Generation, Organization Dissemination and Utilization for Rural Development.
Beal, George M.
A "communication system" paradigm for dissemination of appropriate knowledge, information, and technology needed for effective rural development is briefly described. The paradigm describes six categories of interrelated functions, activities, and processes: (1) scientific knowledge production by carrying out basic and applied research; (2) knowledge-management, where information is monitored, screened, indexed, catalogued, packaged, and stored in an accessible and retrievable form; (3) knowledge-translation, which synthesizes and converts scientific research into information useful to product-developers attempting to formulate solutions to practical problems; (4) product development, which combines scientific knowledge with knowledge of user needs, and develops products which have the potential of meeting those needs; (5) product-dissemination, which involves understanding the product and its uses, designing dissemination and communication strategy, distributing, adapting, and installing the product, and monitoring the product performance; and (6) product-adoption/utilization, by which users discover and diagnose problems, locate, try-test, adopt, and assimilate solutions into existing systems. A hypothetical example shows that a linear flow of knowledge information from basic research to the ultimate user need not be assumed in using the paradigm to improve dissemination of information for rural development. (JD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the World Congress for Rural Sociology (5th, Mexico City, Mexico, August 7-12, 1980).