ERIC Number: ED207262
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
A Program and Its Implications for Dissemination and School Improvement Policy. Linking R&D with Schools.
Louis, Karen Seashore; Rosenblum, Sheila
A study of the National Institute of Education's Research and Development Utilization (RDU) program illuminates several policy choices for federal and state support of dissemination and school improvement projects. RDU was established in 1976 to disseminate educational materials and thereby help schools clarify and solve local problems. Seven projects were supported by the RDU program for three years, serving altogether more than 300 schools. An independent research organization evaluated the RDU program to learn more about the management of local school improvement and the effectiveness of RDU strategies. Data sources included interviews of RDU project staff and linking agents, case studies of 40 participating sites, and mailed surveys of principals and teachers. The study revealed that a dissemination strategy can have benefits beyond the adoption and implementation on innovations, that relevant products of high quality (not necessarily locally developed) must be available for a dissemination-based approach to work, that external training and assistance must be consistently provided, and that high levels of faculty and administrator participation are crucial to successful adoption of innovations. Additional findings address funding, local self-sufficiency, educational equity, and the use of networks. An annotated bibliography of other RDU program reports is included. (Author/WD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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.