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ERIC Number: EJ780961
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 9
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0040-5841
Theory into Practice: A Matter of Transfer
Randi, Judi; Corno, Lyn
Theory Into Practice, v46 n4 p334-342 Oct 2007
This article explores a new approach to taking theory into practice--one that offers a direct route from research to practice. Traditionally, theory makes its way to practice cloaked in particular curriculum interventions. We argue that taking theory into practice is essentially a matter of transfer--applying teaching and learning principles in new situations. New ideas about transfer have implications for both research and practice. One way to promote the transfer of research into practice is to validate theory in practice by analyzing how the theory maps onto curriculum content to support and organize instruction. Another way of promoting transfer is to rethink the ways that theory can be more directly and relevantly applied to practice. Rather than apply theory to practice, teachers might be encouraged to adapt practice to theory, identifying teaching situations in which research principles might be relevant, and to change their practice accordingly to resolve the immediate problems of practice. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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