ERIC Number: ED387134
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Confronting Future Challenges: Educational Information, Research and Decision-Making. Studies in Comparative Education Series.
Reimers, Fernando; And Others
The simultaneous presence of a revolutionary change in information technologies and a growing demand for fundamental changes in the education system have set in motion a reassessment of the relationship among information, research, and decision making. The International Bureau of Education (IBE) considered it necessary to introduce new elements into the discussion based on the conclusions of a series of new case studies on the use of research in the process of educational change and on the ways that educational information and documentation systems function. There are two studies presented here, "Using Research in Educational Policy and Administrative Decision-Making" (Fernando Reimers and Noel McGinn) and "Information Availability and Its Impact on Educational Policy-Making, Planning, and Decision-Making: Implications for Educational Information Services" (Kate Wild), that IBE considers propitious to publish in a single volume. The thesis of the first paper is that supporting decision-making with research-based knowledge is a complex undertaking. A fruitful strategy involves identifying and addressing the multiple groups of stakeholders involved as part of the research process. The purpose of the second paper is to explore the relationship between the availability of information and improvements in the effectiveness of educational systems, particularly, but not exclusively, as it relates to the reporting of research results, and to examine the implications for information and documentation services. The basic objective of this publication is to promote a dialogue among the three main partners in this process--political decision-makers, researchers, and documentalists--based on systematic and up-to-date information. Such a dialogue should lead to a reduction in the rifts, misunderstandings, stereotypes, and obstructions that have often weakened the outcomes of this work. (MAS)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Decision Making, Documentation, Educational Administration, Educational Policy, Educational Research, Futures (of Society), Information Sources, Research Utilization
UNESCO, International Bureau of Education, 7, Place de Fontenoy, 75700 Paris, France.
Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Bureau of Education, Paris (France).