The Effective Dissemination of Educational Knowledge

Year: 1986

Author: Clarke, David

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

In a recent large-scale evaluation of the nationally-distributed social studies publication Study of Society two issues emerged as central to the effectiveness of Stu'dyof Societzas a vehicle for the dissemination of educational knowledge. These two issues were within-school distribution and teachers' perceptions of tel evance. General findings included:
- Teachers are likely to underestimate the relevance of a publication to disciplines other than their own.
- Efficient within-school distribution is not synonymouswith effective distribution.
- It is the practices of the school rather than the characteristics of the teacher which decide the
extent of dissemination of a publication.