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ERIC Number: EJ820252
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1253
Bridging the Research-to-Practice Divide: Improving Outcomes for Students
Butler, Deborah L.; Schnellert, Leyton
Education Canada, v48 n5 p36-40 Nov 2008
An ever increasing body of research explores how teaching practice can foster more positive outcomes for students. Yet, despite countless professional development initiatives intended to help teachers develop research-based practices associated with student learning, for the most part research and practice remain disconnected. What gets in the way of teachers using research-based approaches that make a difference for students? What kinds of professional development activities can help teachers reflect on and "integrate" educational research into classrooms? To address these questions, the authors conducted a longitudinal study with teachers in an urban school district in British Columbia. The authors investigated how professional development activities can be constructed to support teachers' learning, shifts in practice, and positive outcomes for students. Findings from the authors' study are discussed. (Contains 1 figure and 5 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada