ERIC Number: EJ786698
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Academics and Practitioners: Partners in Generating Knowledge or Citizens of Two Different Worlds?
Gravani, Maria N.
Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, v24 n3 p649-659 Apr 2008
The research reported in this paper explores aspects of the relationship between academics and practitioners in the context of a professional development programme. It is illustrated by qualitative data from a case study of university teachers' and secondary teachers' experiences and perceptions of a university-led in-service training course in Greece. Three antithetical pairs: "theory versus practice, propositional versus procedural and knowledge producers versus knowledge translators" are used heuristically to guide data analysis and presentation, seen as constituting a continuum between two poles. It is indicated that rather than focusing on the "gap" between academics and practitioners, the discussion should be about "space" between the two groups, and that both should inhabit this space and work mutually its boundaries and its purpose, so that a vital partnership will emerge, which in turn can assist university-provided in-service training.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Data Analysis, Teacher Attitudes, Case Studies, College School Cooperation, Professional Development, Inservice Teacher Education, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Educators, Theory Practice Relationship, Interprofessional Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Greece