From a Fragile Concept to Stability in Brick and Mortar

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(8), 643–645. Reviews the book, Research and Development and School Change edited by Robert Glaser (1978). A symposium that marked the dedication of the new building of the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh provided the occasion for this timely book. Writing about 15 years after the first educational R&D centers were established, the authors of the eight chapters give their views about various types of research and the related changes in education. Special attention is given to the role of the federally funded university–based R&D centers in bringing together university scholars and educational practitioners for the purpose of solving significant educational problems through basic and applied research, development, implementation, and evaluation carried out over long periods of time. But the book goes well beyond this and indicates the contributions of other kinds of research and also of evaluation to school change. The educational research and development program of 1963 called for each R&D center to develop strategies for the improvement of educational practices as a condition of funding. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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