ERIC Number: ED203459
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Role of Human Agents Internal to School Districts in Knowledge Utilization.
This literature review highlights the large amount of research needed on the role of educators within school districts in planned educational change and knowledge utilization. After first defining knowledge utilization as the use of information (from research or practice) in educational products or ideas, the author identifies three factors affecting knowledge utilization, including the nature of the information (such as its relevance or quality), the approach used to promote the change, and the organizational, individual, and structural characteristics of the setting in which knowledge utilization takes place. These factors are kept in mind as the author reviews the research on (1) teachers as individual or group knowledge users and as agents of change; (2) principals as knowledge processors and users and as agents of knowledge utilization; (3) district specialists and consultants as important sources of knowledge utilization; and (4) district superintendents as initiators or facilitators of change. The author concludes that much research is needed both on the everyday roles and activities these four groups perform in knowledge utilization and educational change, and on those characteristics of the settings which are important for each group's utilization of knowledge. (RW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; 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.