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Instrumental Use of Information in the Design of the Chilean Secondary Education Reform

Tellez, Francisco (2004) Instrumental Use of Information in the Design of the Chilean Secondary Education Reform. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the extent to which different types of information were instrumentally used for the formulation of policy problems and the delineation of policy solutions stated by the policymakers in charge of the Chilean secondary education reform carried out between 1995 and 2000. This is an unusual setting where the administrators responsible for the design and implementation of the reform policy had strong backgrounds in social research. This type of setting has not been explored substantively by other researchers. The data analyzed in the study were 63 pieces of information used as evidence for 53 policy claims in appropriate documents as well as feedback from participating policymakers. The study showed a high degree of instrumental use of information both for identifying problems of secondary education in Chile, as well as policies to address them. Almost every policy claim identified in the reform documents analyzed was based directly on some type of evidence. Approximately 85% of the evidence used to support claims was research based. The research implied that use of information in policymaking can be increased by planning long-term processes of policy development with a stable policymaking team, including policymakers in production of research and other information needed, strengthening national research capacity in education, and to consult a wide variety of information.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Tellez, Franciscofjtst3@pitt.eduFJTST3
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairEichelberger, R. Tonyeichel@pitt.eduEICHEL
Committee MemberAcedo, Clementinacacedo@pitt.eduCACEDO
Committee MemberComfort, LouiseComfort@gspia.pitt.eduLKC
Committee MemberBickel, Williambickel@pitt.eduBICKEL
Date: 6 December 2004
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 23 November 2004
Approval Date: 6 December 2004
Submission Date: 3 December 2004
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: Chile; Information use; Secondary Education Reform
Other ID:, etd-12032004-115446
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 20:07
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:52


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