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ERIC Number: EJ1148514
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-8756-8705
Putting Research in the Collaborative Hands of Teachers and Researchers: An Alternative to Traditional Staff Development
Alber, Sheila R.; Nelson, Janet S.
Rural Special Education Quarterly, v29 n4 p24-30 Dec 2010
The research to practice gap continues to be a prominent concern among professionals in the field of education. Traditional staff development in which teachers attend presentations and workshops for a few days each year has been one method for attempting to bring empirically validated instructional practices into the classroom. Unfortunately, traditional staff development has had little effect on classroom practice. This paper will present an alternative strategy for bridging the research to practice gap--bringing university researchers and classroom teachers together to collaboratively plan and execute classroom research. Because a great many universities are located in or near rural areas, rural school districts can provide rich opportunities for collaborative partnerships. This paper will provide guidelines for uniting researchers and practitioners in the endeavor of collaboratively designing and implementing classroom research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Mississippi
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