ERIC Number: ED335628
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May
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Teacher Research and Other Research Communities: A Case for Desegregation.
O'Flahavan, John F.
The overall segregationist milieu of the educational enterprise serves to forestall movement in the search of a comprehensive theory of literacy and literacy instruction. Building such a theory mandates a democratically disposed, pluralistic research community. Sociologically, the theory-to-practice norm sustains an artificial hierarchy within the membership of the educational enterprise. In addition, a number of segregated philosophical and methodological camps exist. The search for the generalizable theory and/or practice also stands in the way of the desegregated research community in which all participants inform theory. Such a radical shift in the way in which literacy research is done can be accomplished by having: (1) teachers travel to university settings; (2) researchers travel to school settings; (3) researchers and teachers travel to students' settings; (4) teacher research become either a substitute or complement to traditional staff development initiatives; (5) teacher research given equal opportunity at conferences and in journals; and (6) preservice teacher education explore teacher research infusion models. Teacher research should be a welcome force in the search for increasingly comprehensive and sophisticated theories and methodologies related to literacy and literacy instruction. (Three diagrams are included; 19 references are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Identifiers: Educational Issues; Hierarchical Control; Teacher Researcher Relationship
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (35th, Atlanta, GA, May 6-11, 1990).