Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Scientifically based research in educational products: Vendors and consumers on filling the certification gap
by Caruthers, Bill J., Ph.D., The University of Oklahoma, 2009, 155; 3386311
Abstract (Summary)

The 2002 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, or No Child Left Behind (NCLB) changed school law in the United States. Public schools can utilize federal funds to purchase only those educational products subject to scientifically based research. No dedicated certification intermediary (CI) exists to determine individual product compliance with SBR. This research undertakes to: (1) Examine the NCLB Scientifically Based Research (SBR) requirement; (2) Document the historical development of certification intermediaries; and (3) Study the research question: How do educational product vendors and education administrators agree and/or differ in relation to the SBR mandate and on the potential to produce an SBR certification entity valuable to each?

The historical and contextual review of scientifically based research and the development of certification intermediaries throughout industrial history suggest the potential emergence of a certification intermediary in this area. Utilizing the grounded theory methodology of Strauss and Corbin, appropriate here due to the lack of specific research in this area; the subject was examined from the vendor and consumer perspectives. The emergent data supports the theory that: Concerning the SBR mandate, vendors and consumers have far more in common than initially known; and, Vendors and consumers support the emergence of an independent certification intermediary for SBR compliance through a marketplace stakeholder coalition. Future empirical research on this theory is encouraged.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Maiden, Jeffrey, Vaughn, Courtney A.
Commitee: Cate, Jean, Eseryel, Deniz, Williams, Leslie
School: The University of Oklahoma
Department: Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
School Location: United States -- Oklahoma
Source: DAI-A 70/12, Dissertation Abstracts International
Source Type: DISSERTATION
Subjects: School administration, Educational technology, Curriculum development
Keywords: Certification, Certification intermediaries, Educational products, Educational research, Grounded theory, SBR, Scientifically based research, Scientifically research based
Publication Number: 3386311
ISBN: 9781109516500
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