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ERIC Number: EJ952489
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
ISSN: ISSN-0888-4064
Using Online Modules to Bridge Research to Practice in Classrooms
Little, Mary E.; King, Laura M.
Teacher Education and Special Education, v31 n3 p208-223 Aug 2008
Although research identifies a plethora of evidence-based instructional practices, classroom teachers find research difficult to access and often of little relevance to classroom practice; therefore, they do not implement these practices. Bridging the gap between research and practice requires continued and mediated support as teachers translate and contextualize research through their lenses of prior knowledge, understandings, and impact on student results within their classrooms. This developmental process is both time consuming and unique. To address the need for contextualized support during the implementation process of evidenced-based instructional practices by teachers to determine impact of instruction, online modules have been developed, implemented, and researched using a beta testing process. The authors of this article describe the content of the online modules and mediated support, outline the specific research framework of beta testing procedures and instrumentation, describe the content and structure of the course, analyze the results from the pilot study, and describe the limitations and considerations for continued research. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida