ERIC Number: ED312762
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Impact of MSERA Research on Policy Decisions.
Reed, Dorothy D.; Franks, Melvin G.
Educational research is designed to generate valid and reliable information needed by decision-makers. The issue of research utilization is of utmost importance, especially as it relates to the federal government; however, much of the research has not found its way into the policymaking process. This issue precipitated a survey of 141 Mid-South Research Association (MSERA) members who presented papers at the 1988 MSERA annual meeting soliciting their views on the significant gaps between educational research and the implementation of educational policy (61 surveys were returned). Survey results showed that 53 percent of the respondents produced papers which had recommendations, results, or ideas that could have impact on making educational policy or changing current practices. Seventy-eight percent of the 53 percent forwarded the results of their work to persons in policymaking positions. Of the 78 percent, 76 percent indicated that the policymakers considered their recommendations. Of the studies for which the recommendations were forwarded, 72 percent brought about some sort of change. Appended is a copy of the survey with annotated responses as well as explanations for two survey questions. (15 references) (SI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Little Rock, AR, November 7-10, 1989).