ERIC Number: ED461768
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Dissemination with Impact: What Research Suggests for Practice in Career and Technical Education.
Louis, Karen Seashore; Jones, Lisa M.
Dissemination in career and technical education does not simply disperse information, new products, new practices and materials, and new ideas designed to stimulate local change but does so in ways that promote its use. Federal efforts to promote dissemination of research-based information in education are: (1) deeply indebted to the agricultural extension model; (2) traditionally focused on the dissemination, rather than knowledge use side of the equation; (3) often a set of uncoordinated activities; and (4) a largely top-down, research-to-practice focused, rather than bottom-up, problem solving focused approach. Disseminators may be best thought of as linking agents positioned to move research into practice. Elements of a knowledge use model of dissemination are the following: (1) capitalize on incentives for change; (2) provide knowledge useable for practitioners; (3) create shared understandings of how new ideas could help improve local practice; (4) stimulate increased diffusion of new ideas within and between educational agencies; and (5) combine top-down and bottom-up approaches. As for the knowledge user/educator's perspective on dissemination, a constructivist perspective suggests all knowledge is local, contested, partial, and political. Unresolved quandaries in dissemination and knowledge use are how useable educational knowledge is; how it influences policy; and how contexts for dissemination and use affect the likelihood of success. Implications for dissemination practice and policy are identified. (Contains 67 references.) (YLB)
Descriptors: Access to Information, Adoption (Ideas), Adult Education, Delivery Systems, Diffusion (Communication), Educational Change, Information Dissemination, Information Transfer, Information Utilization, Knowledge Base for Teaching, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Research Utilization, Resistance to Change, Secondary Education, Technology Transfer, Theory Practice Relationship, Users (Information), Vocational Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Sponsor: Office of Vocational and Adult Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Research Center for Career and Technical Education, St. Paul, MN.