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ERIC Number: ED246916
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1984-May
Pages: 141
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Theoretical Organization of Information: Research Review of a Sample of ERIC's Innovation Diffusion and Planned Change Documents Organized According to the Configuration, Linkage, Environment, Resource (CLER) Model of Planned Change.
Brown, Gary
This document is a review of research on the subject of innovation diffusion and planned change, organized according to a theoretical model. The organizational scheme used is derived from Bhola's Configurational, Linkages, Environmental, and Resources (CLER) model of planned change. Conventional reviews of research identify accomplishments in knowledge production, but are not as effective in promoting knowledge utilization by end-users. They are often organized according to descriptive or topical taxonomies and the terms and descriptors used in cataloging are not always precise. The findings of a study conducted by the author (1984) indicated that a theoretical model, here the CLER model, can provide a scheme for the organization of information that increases knowledge utilization. The materials reviewed consist of 50 ERIC documents selected from 1982 issues of "Resources in Education" for their diversity of topics, brevity, and pertinence to planned change. A total of 52 categories were generated from the CLER model (no relevant information was found for 11 of these categories). Of primary interest is the efficacy of theoretically organized information; the review of research is a secondary objective. Information devised and ordered using a theoretical model is not presented as a panacea to the numerous problems in knowledge utilization. Rather, it is suggested that the theoretical organization of information can be a powerful tool for increasing knowledge utilization. (DMC)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative; Reference Materials - Vocabularies/Classifications
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A