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ERIC Number: ED240078
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb-2
Pages: 14
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Generalizability and Accessibility of Causal Evidence in Educational Practice.
McCutchan, Marlin
Three factors tend to remove classroom teachers from any direct benefits from formal research: (1) the difficulty of replicating the exact circumstances of the study in the classroom; (2) the scarcity of research which claims to show a "significant difference"; and (3) the complexity of reporting, in formal research journals and reports, which tends to intimidate individuals who lack needed interpretation skills. This paper examines these problems and proposes an approach to dealing with the problems of generalizability of research findings and accessibility of research evidence. It is suggested that laboratory schools are appropriate sites under which to undertake research that can obtain causal evidence of the success or failure of new hypotheses which are directly applicable to the real circumstances of the classroom. It is also suggested that colleges of education maintain a constant emphasis upon the value of the teacher's remaining in touch with current research. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Research Practice Relationship
Note: Paper presented at a joint session of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education and National Association of Laboratory Schools (San Antonio, TX, February 2, 1984).