An International Comparison of Official Educational Research Institutes: Research Roles and Types

Bo-Ruey Huang


In this paper, the research roles, research types, and effectiveness evaluations of official educational research institutes were investigated to understand the positioning of official educational research institutes in the academic community by employing documentary analysis and comparative method. Official education research institutes established with government resources conduct educational research with roles that emphasize the investigation and resolving of various educational problems in response to social change in the academic community. The types of research conducted by official education research institutes indicate specific bases for action in education policy, provide solutions to educational problems, or compile and disseminate information on education throughout their countries by conducting applied research. Assessments of the effectiveness of the research conducted by official educational research institutes should be considered rigorous, relevant, and utility.

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