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ERIC Number: EJ1216991
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jan
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0895-9048
Implementing Educational Innovations at Scale: Transforming Researchers into Continuous Improvement Scientists
Cohen-Vogel, Lora; Tichnor-Wagner, Ariel; Allen, Danielle; Harrison, Christopher; Kainz, Kirsten; Socol, Allison Rose; Wang, Qi
Educational Policy, v29 n1 p257-277 Jan 2015
There is growing concern among researchers and governmental officials that knowing what works in education is important, but not enough for school improvement. Sound evidence alone is not sufficient for large-scale, sustainable change, both because practitioners may consider it irrelevant to their own problems of practice or run into challenges when they try to implement. Failed attempts at replicating positive outcomes in new (or simply expanded) settings underscore the need for a different relationship between research and practice, one that takes a systemic perspective on improvement and transforms the role for research. In this article, we describe the new science of improvement and where it sits in the evolution of research on education policy implementation. We discuss the roots of the approach as well as its key features. We explain how the work differs from that of traditional research and end with illustrations of this difference from our experiences with the National Center on Scaling Up Effective Schools. [For the corresponding grantee submission, see ED595047.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305E100030