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ERIC Number: EJ771002
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1253
Opening Minds to Change: The Role of Research in Education
Milton, Penny
Education Canada, v47 n1 p39-42 Win 2006-2007
In this article, the author explores the role of research in education. Unlike medicine, education is not--and likely cannot be--rooted in scientific traditions. It lacks an explicit knowledge base that professionals rely upon. Opinion can be as powerful as evidence; personal experience more relevant than research knowledge. Indeed research findings are often rejected when they conflict with personal knowledge. And the opposite is sometimes true. The author also contends that changing people's minds about research often takes more than talk or even dialogue. It requires that one re-frame issues to create a different lens through which to view a subject. And as John Seely Brown observes, sometimes people need to be shown the implications of research: "It's never enough to just tell people about some new insight. Rather, you have to get them to experience it in a way that evokes its power and possibility." (Contains 8 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada