ERIC Number: ED456314
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
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The Impact of Research on Decision-Making by Practitioners and Managers.
Smith, Chris Selby
The impact of research and development (R&D) on decision making and managers in vocational education and training (VET) was examined through a review of recent Australian studies in VET and health care. The framework adopted to analyze the relationships between R&D and decision making distinguished between the decision-making domain, the research domain, and the linkages between them. R&D was defined, and a distinction was drawn between the terms "use" and "influence." The similarities and differences between the VET and health care sectors were considered, with special focus on the areas of institution-level decision making and decision making by practitioners. The main conclusions were as follows: (1) R&D does have an impact on decision making by policymakers and practitioners in both fields; (2) it is generally not possible to evaluate the extent of the influence of research on decision in a quantitative fashion; (3) stakeholders can enhance the extent to which research is used and has influence on decision making; (4) workers (in VET) and patients and care providers (in health care) represent an additional set of significant decision makers who can use R&D and be influenced by it; and (5) R&D and decision making can benefit each other in diverse ways. (Contains 27 references.) (MN)
Descriptors: Administrator Behavior, Adoption (Ideas), Comparative Analysis, Decision Making, Definitions, Diffusion (Communication), Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Educational Research, Foreign Countries, Health Services, Influences, Literature Reviews, Models, Policy Formation, Program Administration, Research and Development, Research Utilization, Teacher Behavior, Theory Practice Relationship, Vocational Education
For full text: http://www.avetra.org.au/PAPERS%202001/Selby%20Smith.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: Australia