ERIC Number: EJ780954
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Reference Count: 19
Why Closing the Research-Practice Gap Is Critical to Closing Student Achievement Gaps
Cooper, Laura A.
Theory Into Practice, v46 n4 p317-324 Oct 2007
Discussions of the research-practice gap often assume that K-12 educators are uninterested in or even derisive about the value of research for improving student learning. The work of K-12 educators in the Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) counters this conventional wisdom. This article provides evidence that MSAN educators not only value research, they see that closing the research-practice gap is essential to helping racially diverse districts close the gaps in achievement between their African American and Latino students and their White students. The article traces how research shaped the development of MSAN and describes the three current roles for research in MSAN-organizing the existing knowledge base, building capacity to evaluate local efforts, and collaborating with researchers to conduct applied research.
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Academic Achievement, Theory Practice Relationship, White Students, Minority Groups, African American Students, Hispanic American Students, Educational Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A