ERIC Number: ED206662
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
The Dissemination Linking Process: A View from the Regional Exchange.
Patrick, Edward; And Others
The educational dissemination linking process activities of three Regional Exchange specialists at Research for Better Schools in Philadelphia were empirically analyzed to identify: the activities performed in the transfer of information from research to practice; the decisions made about the organization of activities and; contextual factors influencing the specialists' job performance. Field research was conducted over a period of five months by an evaluator in two phases; the first phase was one of observation and the second, one of participant observation. Data, collected via observation and structured and unstructured interviews, was analyzed qualitatively using methods of content, constant comparative, matrix and forcefield analyses. Analyses revealed that seven activity categories operationally defined the linking process: engagement, context specification; diagnosis; collection; translation; presentation and disengagement. Four decision areas facing linkers were identified: scheduling and coordination of services to be delivered; and service interaction style and role. Personal, interpersonal, client, organizational, and policy factors were found to influence performance. Results supported a client-centered, linker/time referenced interpersonal communications view of the dissemination process. The results have implications for the practice and evaluation of linker activities. (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Research for Better Schools, Inc., Philadelphia, PA.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (65th, Los Angeles, CA, April 13-17, 1981).