ERIC Number: ED334699
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
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Making a Difference: The Contribution of Research to Policy and Practice.
Dockrell, W. D.
The factors that contributed to changes in policy and practice regarding corporal punishment in Scotland's public education system are explored in this paper. An overview of the context and issues traces the links between practitioners and researchers that facilitated acceptance of previously unacceptable constraints, focusing on the role of pre-existing institutional and informal linkages, collaboration between researchers and group representatives, and practitioner involvement in the study. Debate about the use of corporal punishment in the schools resulted in formation of a research committee composed of researchers, teachers, and administrators. After conducting a survey of 450 secondary schools and two observation studies, the committee recommended that corporal punishment be eliminated. An outcome of this approach was a smooth transition to virtual elimination of corporal punishment that preceded formal legislation. This outcome suggests that collaboration between researchers and policy makers significantly affected the design and acceptance of the research. The importance of existing linkages between researchers and practitioners in putting research into practice is underscored. (LMI)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)