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ERIC Number: ED236997
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Oct-3
Reference Count: N/A
Expanding and Strengthening NIE's Regional Laboratory Services: Needs, Issues, and Options. Final Report of the NIE Laboratory Study Group.
Marston, Margaret S.; And Others
Recommendations of the National Institute of Education (NIE) Laboratory Study Group are presented to the director of NIE. The study group reviewed the history and status of the laboratories and examined laboratory issues and options. Recommendations are offered regarding: laboratory purposes, laboratory governance, NIE management of labs, regions, funding levels, and alternative laboratory designs. Specific recommendations include the following: the main purpose of laboratories should be to foster improvement in education through the application of research; laboratories should offer a range of research and development services needed in their region and should emphasize the application of research to improve policy and practice; NIE should establish active systems for coordination between NIE and the laboratories and centers; the federal government should increase NIE funding by 50 percent, with a proportionate increase for expanding and strengthening regional laboratory services; and NIE should explore opportunities through which laboratories and their clients could engage in cost-sharing strategies. Appendices include a framework for examining issues and alternatives related to laboratories, a description of option 4 (laboratories providing direct service to local schools), and a description of option 5 (laboratories specialized in various substantive areas. An executive summary is also included. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.