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ERIC Number: ED451373
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-85338-651-0
Putting Educational Research to Use through Knowledge Transformation. The Agency Comments.
Desforges, Charles
Educational research is distinctive inasmuch as it shares the moral objective of education, which is to help people make the best of themselves through processes of learning. Educational research is a service industry for education. As such, its contribution to the efficiency and effectiveness of educational processes can be increased by focusing on the idea of knowledge transformation. Knowledge transformation refers to an issue otherwise known as knowledge use, knowledge transfer, or knowledge application. The necessary conditions for productive knowledge transformation are as follows: a knowledge base; a problem definition related to the base; transformation/learning strategies involving various modes of representing "old" knowledge as well as acquisition of "new" knowledge; and appropriate motivation. To transform this general model to pedagogic research and the advancement of pedagogy, it is necessary to develop a model of the context of pedagogy. Teachers must transform research findings into on-site solutions in interaction with extant knowledge bases, professional expertise, and operating systems involving regulatory and accountability procedures. Education research should be designed and managed by teams containing cadres of educational workers with a shared commitment to following research through to action. Moreover, greater investment in urgency in educational research and in the learning process called transformation is needed. (MN)
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Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Learning and Skills Development Agency, London (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)