Volume 16, Issue 3 (1987)
Practice Informing Research: A Survey of Research Dissemination and Knowledge Utilization
William T. McKee, Joseph C. Witt, Stephen N. Elliott, Melissa Pardue, Anne Judycki
ABSTRACT: With a call for increased social validity in the school psychology research literature comes the suggestion that researchers listen to practitioners, both in terms of meeting important information needs as well as in identifying significant research problems. This article reports the results of a survey of 210 NASP members’ research and information needs across several areas of practice. In addition to providing a practitioner’s view of research priorities, the usefulness of a number of journals and other resources were evaluated. It was concluded that several areas of research identified as crucial to practice have been neglected both in training and in the research literature. A discussion of the implications of these data for researchers was provided to increase social validity within the professional literature.
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