ERIC Number: EJ1016963
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
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Reference Count: 85
Moving Research into Practice: Can We Make Dissemination Stick?
Cook, Bryan G.; Cook, Lysandra; Landrum, Timothy J.
Exceptional Children, v79 n2 p163-180 Win 2013
Although researchers in special education have made significant advances in defining and identifying evidence-based practices, scholars often constitute an insular group that disseminates research findings primarily through outlets and venues targeting like-minded researchers using traditional approaches. Thus, despite tangible results in determining what works, using dissemination approaches that fail to resonate with or influence practitioners represents an important but often overlooked contributor to the ongoing research-to-practice gap in special education. The authors argue that empirical and theoretical literature outside of special education may offer insight into how ideas take hold, which may be especially relevant to the effective dissemination of evidence-based practices. Drawing on Heath and Heath's (2008) model, the authors describe 6 characteristics of messages that are likely to "stick": (a) simple, (b) unexpected, (c) concrete, (d) credible, (e) emotional, and (f ) stories. The authors consider each in terms of implications for dissemination of special education research findings, and urge special education researchers to consider researching, refining, and applying dissemination strategies that can make special education research matter on a broader scale.
Descriptors: Special Education, Educational Research, Information Dissemination, Evidence, Theory Practice Relationship, Risk, Story Telling, Marketing, Statistics, Credibility, Comparative Analysis, Personal Narratives, Expectation, Emotional Response
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