ERIC Number: ED207263
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Quality Control and Product Information Systems. An Interim Report on Implementation, Use, and Effect in the R&D Utilization Program. Linking R&D with Schools.
Yin, Robert; And Others
As part of a broader study of the National Institute of Education's Research and Development Utilization (RDU) program, this report focuses on the process by which collections of products (the knowledge base) were developed to serve clients' needs, the types of products included for dissemination, and the types chosen by sites. The seven project sites included in the RDU program were first instructed to organize a knowledge base. All projects chose one or both of the recommended problem areas, basic skills and career education. Products were evaluated more rigorously at some project sites than at others and the process of product validation elicited substantial controversy during the program. The project sites then provided assistance to school sites in matching needs to specific products and adopting such products. All schools finally did adopt some product, though 50 to 60 percent of all the adoptions may have involved nonvalidated materials. Because of the problem in quality control, it is suggested that a larger pool of acceptable educational products and clearer operational guidance are needed. The slippage from validated to nonvalidated products can also be partially attributed to the tension between the technology-oriented and user-oriented objectives of the RDU program. (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.