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ERIC Number: ED508602
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Jul
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Connecting Practitioners and Researchers: An Evaluation of NCSALL's Practitioner Dissemination and Research Network. Report Summary. NCSALL Reports #22a
Smith, Cristine; Bingman, Mary Beth; Hofer, Judy; Medina, Patsy
National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL)
NCSALL's (National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy's) Practitioner Dissemination and Research Network (PDRN) set out to create and support systematic partnerships between practitioners and university researchers to better connect research and practice, with the ultimate outcome of improved practice, policy, and services for adult learners. Perhaps the most important lesson learned through the PDRN is that practitioners are interested in research. The PDRN's lessons should inform a larger effort in the field to help teachers and policymakers learn how to integrate information about "what works" according to research with "what works" according to colleagues and their own experience. This paper presents the following lessons from the PDRN: (1) Connecting practitioners and researchers has a positive impact on practitioners and practice; (2) Connecting practitioners and researchers has a positive impact on researchers and research; (3) Effectively connecting researchers and practitioners requires specific strategies; and (4) Effectively connecting researchers and practitioners requires specific supports for Practitioner Leaders, local practitioners, program directors, and state staff. [For the full report, see ED469857. For the research brief, see ED471987.]
National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL). 44 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210. Tel: 617-482-9485; e-mail: ncsall@worlded.org; Web site: http://www.ncsall.net
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy