ERIC Number: ED213138
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Research on Teaching: What's in It for Me?
Smyth, W. John
The Australian Administrator, v2 n1 Feb 1981
After looking at reasons why research on teaching has had limited impact, this paper suggests alternative ways to generate and use research to achieve more productivity and indicates implications for educational practice. The author contends that the Research, Development, and Dissemination model of educational change, with its implicit view of change being caused from the outside, has impeded the implementation of research findings in classrooms. Furthermore, teachers are not avid readers of research literature, which is fragmented, difficult to locate, hard to interpret in operational terms, impersonal, and characterized by conflicting findings. A more effective way to assure that research is used is for researchers, teachers, and principals to work collaboratively in classrooms, isolating questions worth exploring, collecting objective data that accurately reflects classroom occurrences, and analyzing that data with a view to reaching informed decisions on whether or not to change. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Educational Research, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Information Dissemination, Principals, Research and Development Centers, Research Problems, Research Utilization, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Role
Editor, The Australian Administrator, School of Education, Deakin University, Victoria 3217, AUSTRALIA ($.85).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Deakin Univ., Victoria, (Australia). School of Education.
Identifiers: Australia; Research and Development
Note: Funded by Deakin University Foundation.