ERIC Number: ED360102
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Trends and Issues in the Dissemination of Child Development and Early Education Knowledge. Perspectives from ERIC/EECE: A Monograph Series, No. 2.
Katz, Lilian G.
This monograph consists of a paper outlining current trends in education and discussing issues related to the dissemination of knowledge, and a selected ERIC bibliography on this subject. Trends highlighted in the paper include: (1) the expansion of information; (2) the increasing pace of specialization; (3) the tendency of groups interested in education to blame other groups for the problems of education; and (4) the development of public and political sentiment against professionals and experts. This latter trend has an impact on education in various ways: through the inclusion of community leaders who are not experts in education on panels that set educational policy; through the conflict between fundamentalist groups and educational innovators; and via the punitive tone of recent school reforms. Issues discussed include: (1) the need to disseminate that amount of information which optimizes users' acquisition and adoption; (2) the benefits of information redundancy; (3) finding the balance of small- and large-scale concepts in research; (4) the "vividness" problem and use of the media; (5) presentation of information at a time propitious for its use; and (6) different orientations toward knowledge held by researchers, educators, and clinicians. The implications of these trends and issues for educational practice are briefly examined. The bibliography of documents and journal articles on the dissemination of educational knowledge that follows the paper were selected from a search of the ERIC database. Each item in the bibliography contains bibliographic information and an abstract of the document or article. (BC)
Descriptors: Child Development, Early Childhood Education, Educational Trends, Information Dissemination, Information Utilization, Knowledge Level, Specialization
ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education, 805 West Pennsylvania Avenue, Urbana, IL 61801 (Catalog No. 209, $5, plus $1.50 postage and handling).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; Opinion Papers; Reference Materials - Bibliographies
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Urbana, IL.