ERIC Number: EJ1018507
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
Adaptation by Design: A Context-Sensitive, Dialogic Approach to Interventions
Kirshner, Ben; Polman, Joseph L.
Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, v112 n2 p215-236 2013
Applied researchers, whether working with the framework of design-based research or intervention science, face a similar implementation challenge: practitioners who enact their programs typically do so in varied, context-specific ways. Although this variability is often seen as a problem for those who privilege fidelity and standardization, we argue for the advantages of researcher-practitioner collaborations that encourage local adaptation and ingenuity. We develop this argument for adaptive interventions by discussing two design-based research projects, Critical Civic Inquiry (CCI) and Science Literacy through Science Journalism (SciJourn), which create opportunities for youth to develop civics and science literacy respectively. CCI and SciJourn aim to build curricula that will travel to new schools and districts, but not through standardization. This is a delicate combination: the program must be flexible enough to enable productive adaptation, without being so protean that practitioner's implementations lack substantive commonalities. We present two cases that show how project designers have sought to distinguish between invariant principles that define the intervention and heterogeneous practices that vary across sites. The cases also show how the model has improved when teachers can adapt it to their institutional context and when teachers and researchers establish social norms that encourage dialogic interactions.
Descriptors: Researchers, Cooperation, Program Implementation, Intervention, Design, Models, Teacher Participation, Interpersonal Relationship, Interaction, Fidelity, Research Projects, Scientific Literacy, Civics, Journalism, Inquiry, College School Cooperation, High School Students, Secondary School Teachers, Action Research, Disadvantaged Youth, Cultural Influences, Psychology, Community Involvement, Partnerships in Education, Social Change, Case Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
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