ERIC Number: ED500466
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Reference Count: N/A
Education Policy, Academic Research, and Public Opinion. AEI Future of American Education Project, Working Paper 2007-01
Howell, William G.
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
This paper examines the possibility that citizens' mediated and sporadic exposure to education research influences their policy attitudes. It reflects upon how citizens--who are not direct consumers of education research and who lack basic training in the modes of social scientific inquiry--use the paucity of information made available to them in news stories in order to formulate opinions about public education. After briefly surveying relevant literatures on political behavior and survey design, the paper introduces a simple experiment that is designed to further elucidate the varying impacts of academic research on public opinion about education policy. (Contains 7 tables.) [Financial support for this paper was also provided by the National Research and Development Center on School Choice, Competition, and Student Achievement.]
Descriptors: Research and Development, Public Opinion, Educational Policy, Public Education, Educational Research, Mass Media Effects, Research Utilization, Behavioral Science Research, Political Attitudes, Community Surveys, Agenda Setting, Matched Groups
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Sponsor: Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA.; Institute of Education Sciences (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: American Enterprise Inst. for Public Policy Research, Washington, DC.
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305A040043