ERIC Number: ED207250
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
An NIE Program and its Policy Context. Linking R&D with Schools.
Chabotar, Kent J.; Kell, Diane G.
To give an overview of the National Institute of Education's Research and Development Utilization (RDU) program, this report summarizes the program's goals, structure, and evaluation study and discusses the educational policy issues the program seeks to answer. Designed to enhance local school improvement efforts in the areas of basic skills and career education, the RDU program attempts to help schools learn to use existing, validated products of educational research and development (R&D). The program's seven separate projects each stress improving schools' problem-solving and knowledge utilization through direct cooperation with schools, using linking agents and resource agencies, and encouraging local decision-making. The RDU evaluation study employs site visits, interviews, surveys, and case studies to analyze the schools, linking agents, and projects involved and to address seven major policy issues. To ensure that the study is oriented toward user needs, researchers asked 25 educational policy makers to examine the program and rank the policy issues. The policy makers endorsed the program and ranked highest the issues of R&D product impact after implementation, RDU program efficiency, and linking agent usefulness. An appendix briefly describes the seven RDU projects. (RW)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC. Dissemination and Improvement of Practice Program.
Authoring Institution: Abt Associates, Inc., Cambridge, MA.