ERIC Number: ED321422
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr
An Evaluator Ponders: What Motivates Policymakers?
Pugh, Wesley C.
An analysis of the process by which the results of research and evaluation studies are utilized in the formation of educational policy is the purpose of this paper. Based on a case study of a large urban public school's implementation of a dress code policy, four interrelated factors are identified that affect policy formation and data utilization: (1) policymakers'"mind frames"; (2) public demands over public needs; (3) positive public perception of policy; and (4) impact of mass media. The findings indicate that research and evaluation data utilization in the policy formation process is an unfulfilled promise that contributes to "education reform fads." Failure by policymakers and researchers to reverse the trend of inappropriate use of research results will perpetuate the lag between educational improvement and the rhetoric of excellence in reform movements. (17 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Boston, MA, April 16-20, 1990).