Friday, March 17, 2006

WCER Value-Added Research Center lays out its work plan

The Tri-State Longitudinal Data System project had its formal kick-off on February 21st and is working with the program office at the NCES and the project managers in the three states to carve out the best opportunities for collective action and sharing.

It has become clear that one of the things we (WCER staff) need to do is to write. One of the important deliverables for this project is to disseminate what we know - what works, what doesn't work, what we cannot do by ourselves, etc. This working paper is one example. It was drafted for a UNESCO-sponsored International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) working group meeting. Chris Thorn, LDS co-Principal Investigator, is on the executive of the Working Group on IT in Educational Management. This group of scholars and practitioners from around the globe meet every other year to present their latest work, network with researchers doing parallel work in other settings, and explore opportunities for international collaboration.

The working paper provides a quick overview of the LDS work and a quick assessment of where knowledge management technologies might play a role in improving educational decision making.


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