ERIC Number: EJ835183
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Research Schools: Grounding Research in Educational Practice
Hinton, Christina; Fischer, Kurt W.
Mind, Brain, and Education, v2 n4 p157-160 Dec 2008
Education lacks a strong infrastructure for connecting research with educational practice and policy. The need for this linkage grows as findings in cognitive science and biology become ever more relevant to education. Teachers often lack the background knowledge needed to interpret scientific results, whereas scientists often lack an understanding of pedagogical goals. We need to build an infrastructure that supports sustainable collaboration between researchers and teachers and creates a strong research foundation for education. A primary agent of the lasting collaboration between researchers and practitioners in medicine is the teaching hospital, where researchers and practitioners work together on research that is relevant to practice and the training of young professionals. Education needs analogous institutions--research schools--that join researchers and teachers in living, community-based schools. In these schools, practice shapes research as much as research informs practice. Research schools will provide a fundamental infrastructure for linking transdisciplinary research on learning with educational policy and practice.
Descriptors: Hospitals, Cooperation, Educational Practices, Educational Change, Cognitive Science, Researchers, Educational Policy, Biology, Scientific Research, Correlation, Teaching Methods, Teachers, Partnerships in Education, Science Instruction
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Education Level: Higher Education
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