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ERIC Number: EJ992387
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 81
ISSN: ISSN-1448-0220
"Use of Current Best Evidence": Promises and Illusions, Limitations and Contradictions in the Triangle of Research, Policy and Practice
Lassnigg, Lorenz
International Journal of Training Research, v10 n3 p179-203 Dec 2012
This paper explores the methodological and epistemological implications of the relationships between R&D, policy and practice. The proposals towards "evidence-based policy and practice" are analysed with respect to this triangle from three angles: (1) meaning; (2) production; and (3) use of evidence. A comprehensive model of the research cycle, and its relationship to the triangle of research, policy and practice serves as conceptual framework. The basic problems of "evidence-based policy and practice" are demonstrated through empirical cases: (1) the contested "evidence" regarding achievement standards; (2) the state of the production of evidence in Austria; and (3) the use of evidence in qualifications framework policies. "Evidence-based policy", unlike "evidence-based practice", turns out to be a "mission impossible". Evidence-based practice might be more promising, but if it depends on a change in policy and governance, it is itself confronted with the problems of evidence-based policy. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Austria