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ERIC Number: EJ1042189
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Sep
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Closing the Gap . . . between the University and Schoolhouse
Schneider, Jack
Phi Delta Kappan, v96 n1 p30-35 Sep 2014
Scholarship that moves from research into practice shares characteristics that make it visible to teachers, friendly to their worldview, practicable for realities of K-12 schools, and easily sharable. That doesn't mean however, that it's good or effective. Connecting research and practice is important work, if only because it has the potential to improve outcomes for students. For too long educators have allowed themselves to believe that connecting research and practice is unrealizable. Too many decisions in K-12 education are informed by instinct and anecdote, and the results of those decisions are often highly problematic. But there is a less obvious payoff that would have more far-reaching consequences, and that is a common sense of purpose among key stakeholders. It is not impossible to imagine a world in which unions, state and federal offices, schools of education, districts, school administrators, and classroom teachers engage in genuine partnership for the sake of advancing a shared aim. Though such common ground has been elusive, connecting research with practice is a uniquely alluring opportunity. It may not promise quick fixes or easy solutions, but it does promise an agenda for collectively moving forward, armed with knowledge.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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