Towards and ecological model of research

Ben Shneiderman at the Atlantic reviews the historical tensions between basic and applied research and provides a new “ecological model”. Always relevant for applied-centric social work. HERE

The linear model, which assumes that basic research precedes applied research, is widely accepted, especially by basic science researchers who want funding with few restrictions and no promises of productive outcomes. The rare Einstein, Curie, or Hawking may have earned the expectation of unrestricted funding, but for the vast population of modern researchers this expectation is inappropriate.

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