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ERIC Number: ED547656
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
How State Education Agencies Acquire and Use Research in School Improvement Strategies. Policy Brief. RB-55
Goertz, Margaret E.; Barnes, Carol; Massell, Diane
Consortium for Policy Research in Education
Although studies of districts' and schools' use of research exist, little is known about how SEAs search for, select, and use research and other kinds of evidence in their school improvement strategies. While one might assume similarities in research use behaviors, both the organizational structures of SEAs and the population of external organizations with which they interact are quite different than schools and districts, and the most recent in-depth study of SEAs was conducted nearly 20 years ago. The exploratory study on which this brief is based was designed to fill that gap by examining: (1) where SEA staff search for research, evidence-based, and practitioner knowledge related to school improvement; (2) whether and how SEA staff use research and these other types of knowledge to design, implement, and refine state school improvement policies, programs and practices; and (3) how SEAs are organized to manage and use such knowledge. [For the exploratory study: "State Education Agencies' Acquisition and Use of Research Knowledge in School Improvement Strategies. CPRE Research Report # RR-77," see ED547655.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: William T. Grant Foundation
Authoring Institution: Consortium for Policy Research in Education