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ERIC Number: EJ927854
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 76
ISSN: ISSN-0009-3920
Science Does Not Speak for Itself: Translating Child Development Research for the Public and Its Policymakers
Shonkoff, Jack P.; Bales, Susan Nall
Child Development, v82 n1 p17-32 Jan-Feb 2011
Science has an important role to play in advising policymakers on crafting effective responses to social problems that affect the development of children. This article describes lessons learned from a multiyear, working collaboration among neuroscientists, developmental psychologists, pediatricians, economists, and communications researchers who are engaged in the iterative construction of a core story of development, using simplifying models (i.e., metaphors) such as "brain architecture," "toxic stress," and "serve and return" to explain complex scientific concepts to nonscientists. The aim of this article is to stimulate more systematic, empirical approaches to the task of knowledge transfer and to underscore the need to view the translation of science into policy and practice as an important academic endeavor in its own right.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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