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Identifying the MERN and analyzing the contents of the fora. Exploring the MERN fora :. Rachel . W. Roh. Table of Content. Introduction Purpose Methodology Qualitative analysis Quantitative analysis Research category 1,2,3 The MERN, a think tank or a network?

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table of content
Table of Content
  • Introduction
  • Purpose
  • Methodology
    • Qualitative analysis
    • Quantitative analysis
      • Research category 1,2,3
  • The MERN, a think tank or a network?
    • Type of Think Tank by McGann (2007)
    • Type of Network by Goldsmith and Eggers (2004)
    • Triple Helix Model by Etzkowitz (2002)
  • Characteristics of the MERN
  • Findings
  • Discussions
  • Conclusion
  • Q & A
introduction
Introduction
  • The Manitoba Educational Research Network (the MERN)
  • Found in 2002
  • Since 2003
    • Twenty Fora
    • Three journals
    • One monograph
    • Website
  • To connect the government, academics, practitioners
purpose
Purpose
  • A preliminary research before studying effectiveness of the organization
  • To identify
    • What the MERN is.
    • What resource, presented in the fora, could be provided.
methodoloy
Methodoloy
  • Qualitative analysis
  • Quantitative research
    • Sample: the research from the 1st forum to 20th forum
    • Categorizing
      • By target groups and subjects
      • By affiliated group
      • By type
    • Titles and contents
the mern research category 2
The MERN research category 2.
  • By Affiliated groups
    • The government departments
    • Academia
    • School Divisions, and schools
    • Others
the mern research category 3
The MERN research category 3
  • By type
    • Exploring
    • Describing
    • Evaluating
    • Consulting
the mern a think tank or network
The MERN, a Think Tank or Network ?!
  • Type of Think Tank by McGann (2007)
    • Independent think thinks
      • Academic-diversified think tanks
      • Academic-specialized think tanks
      • Contract research organizations
      • Advocacy think tanks
      • Policy enterprise organization
    • Affiliated think tanks
      • Party-affiliated
      • Government sponsored
      • Private, for-profit
      • University based
the mern a think tank or network1
The MERN, a Think Tank or Network ?!
  • Type of Network by Goldsmith and Eggers (2004)
    • Service contract
    • Supply chain
    • Ad hoc
    • Channel partnership
    • Civic switchboard
    • Information dissemination
the mern a think tank or network2
The MERN, a Think Tank or Network ?!
  • Triple Helix Model by Etzkowitz (2002)

Tri-lateral networks and hybrid organization

The MERN

source: Etzkowitz, H. (2002). Incubation of incubators:Innovation as as a triple helix of university-industry-goverment networks. Science and Public Policy, 29 (2), p.118

characteristics of the mern
Characteristics of the MERN
  • A space
  • Independent
  • Nonprofit
  • No budget
  • Researchers from affiliations
  • Informal network
finding 1 hot topics of the forum
Finding 1. Hot topics of the forum
  • Community related studies – Five times
    • Rural area
    • Low-income communities
    • Aboriginal communities
  • Science and Mathematics – three times
  • Research to Practice – two times
finding 2
Finding 2.
  • Targeting groups
    • local community – 22%;
    • The government – 17%
  • Subjects
    • Aboriginal Education – 24%;
    • Low-Income communities – 3%
  • Subjects by Target
    • Government : Sustainable development – 24%
    • Rest targets : Aboriginal Education
finding 3 by affiliates
Finding 3. By affiliates
  • Academia – 57%
  • Cooperated research – 43%
  • Focus targets
    • Departments of government  Government
    • Schools Division, schools  Local communities
    • Academia  teaching skills and classroommanagements.
finding 4 by type
Finding 4. By Type
  • Different sampling : 148 research
  • Describing – 55%
  • Exploring – 30%
  • The research targeting the government
    • More consultative research
    • Less descriptive research

(Comparing with other targeting groups)

discussion
Discussion
  • The position of the MERN
    • Not a think tank, but containing similarities of the think tank
    • A unique type of research network
    • A place to share educational information, not to consult policies
discussion1
Discussion
  • Achievement
    • Providing “the meeting place”
    • Well balanced research target area
    • Research in the priority subjects of the department of education
    • Accommodating various affiliated groups.
discussion2
Discussion
  • Challenges
    • Providing better quality research
      • Creating the environment for follow-up research
        • Long-term plans
      • Balancing of research types and subjects
      • Increasing the possibility of utilizing the research
    • Offering better access to the research
      • Providing detail research information through online and offline (present: only 47% accessible)
    • Building structured data base
discussions
Discussions
  • Limitations
    • Analyze within accessible research data
    • Mainly research title and abstract were criteria to classify research.
  • Further research suggestions
    • Surveys
    • Measuring effectiveness
conclusion
Conclusion
  • The MERN, a network
    • For the government
      • Promoting their policy plans
      • Obtaining feedbacks
    • For schools and school division
      • Sharing information with similar groups
      • Appeal the opinions to other groups
    • For Academia
      • Obtaining practical feedbacks
      • Reducing the gap between research and practice
      • Getting the research topic idea
  • Two ways of future choices for the MERN
    • Horizontal improvement as a network
    • Vertical improvement as a think tank
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Q & A
  • Thank you