ERIC Number: ED285672
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
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The Multiple Partnership: Scientist, University, Agency and Government.
Horowitz, Frances Degen
In the United States, support of science is heavily dependent upon the human element of effective advocacy. Such advocacy is the linking factor between universities, agencies, foundations, and the government. Governments customarily set the overarching tone for scientific activities and for ground rules guiding advocacy for science. In this country, a partnership exists between universities, the government, and agencies, and these institutions are linked by individuals who disseminate and transmit the ideas, proposals, and advocacies that shape programs ultimately established. Individuals chosen to advocate particular research programs must possess and display political sophistication, a knowledge of the value systems under which agencies must operate, and a realistic understanding of the limitations of budget, cycles of time, and other sources of pressure. Universities become part of the partnership because they supply the base resources for science. Unlike the federal agencies, they have not been intrinsically drawn to particular problem areas by their own mandates. In the universities, advocates for the sciences concerned with children, child behavior, and child development will have special responsibilities when they are confronted by pressures for applied research to meet social and economic needs. Such pressures will increase in the future.(RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Baltimore, MD, April 23-26, 1987).