ERIC Number: ED220438
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Why Education R & D?
Hodgkinson, Harold L.
American Education, v12 n3 p11-13 Apr 1976
Education research is, or should be, the systematic investigation and solution of critically important problems affecting what and how children learn. This is a complex undertaking, given the size and complexity of American education. Critically important educational problems can be dealt with by supporting a systematic, national effort to examine problems scientifically, develop and test solutions, and see to it that the final results reach those who can make use of them. However, research in education poses problems very different from those in the physical sciences. Often a good research program will develop useful curriculum materials that produce demonstrable results, only to have the socioeconomic population change drastically with the result that materials and techniques that were designed specifically for one population simply do not work for another. Educators need to revise their expectations of what the educational system can do and admit that families, churches, neighborhoods--in fact, the entire range of factors that form an individual's environment--have a critical role to play in the total development of the young. It is important that educational research and development be linked more directly to the world of practice. There is now a strong acceptance of the proposition that the teacher, the school administrator, and even local citizens must be involved. The National Institute of Education sees such a partnership as a mandate for cooperative effort. State departments of education, local school systems, and professional associations should be indispensable colleagues in any federal effort to improve education. (JD)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.