ERIC Number: ED227314
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jan
Reference Count: 0
R&D Impact Criteria for Improving Vocational Education Programs.
Hull, William L.; And Others
Research was conducted to identify criteria for successful research and development innovations in vocational education. Sixteen research and development (R&D) impact criteria were identified through a search of three data bases. The central data base consisted of impact studies of 28 selected state-developed and National Center for Research in Vocational Education products, conducted between 1978 and 1982. The second data base was a computerized ERIC search of 267 impact studies of educational innovations. The third data base was seminal theoretical works and research studies from innovation diffusion literature. After criteria were identified, reviewed, and revised, they were classified within one of five R&D program improvement stages: development, dissemination, implementation, utilization, and effects. Impact criteria were defined for each stage, and salient features of each criterion were illustrated by a case example from an impact study. Guidelines and caveats for using each criterion were recommended. It was concluded that impact potential can be built into R&D products if specific criteria and guidelines are met throughout the R&D process. (KC)
Descriptors: Educational Development, Educational Research, Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation Methods, Guidelines, Literature Reviews, Postsecondary Education, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Research Methodology, Research Projects, Research Utilization, Secondary Education, Vocational Education
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. National Center for Research in Vocational Education.