ERIC Number: ED325456
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Learning and Action in Research Reporting. Issue Paper 90-8.
John Dewey's vision of communication posits an important ideal that educational researchers are hard pressed to meet, for the language that facilitates exchanges between scholars often encumbers their attempts to convey their work and findings to a wider, lay audience. The canons of inquiry (of foremost concern to researchers) rarely coincide with the exigencies of policy (of foremost concern to laypeople). Three potentially incompatible conditions must be met in order to bridge this communicative gap: access, belief, and impact. The condition of access requires that the language and style researchers use to present the findings of their investigations be comprehensible and appealing. The condition of belief demands that researchers gain and maintain credibility in the eyes of their audience. The condition of impact emphasizes the inherent tensions between the perennial tentativeness of knowledge and the immediate need for certainty in action. Israel Scheffler's notion of a "double consciousness," consistent with the author's notion of "second thoughts," is proposed as an aid in enabling resolute commitment while holding action and decision open to revision in light of new insights and wider knowledge. (Author)
Descriptors: Adoption (Ideas), Change Strategies, Communication Skills, Credibility, Research Utilization, Resistance to Change, Theory Practice Relationship
National Center for Research on Teacher Education, 116 Erickson Hall, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824-1034 ($4.75).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research on Teacher Education, East Lansing, MI.