ERIC Number: EJ751690
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
UCLA Community College Review: Why Practitioners and Researchers Ignore Each Other (Even when They Are the Same Person)
Cohen, Arthur M.
Community College Review, v33 n1 p51-62 2005
Differences between researchers and practitioners can be found in four areas: the distance from the object of study; the ideological perspective; the purposes of the research; and the political agenda behind the research. Each of these principles dominates the perceptions of the people involved and thus contributes to the phenomenon of mutual indifference. This divide between research and practice can be bridged through providing community college leadership for research on instruction, fostering cooperation between university-based researchers and community college practitioners, and merging university and community college research methods (such as qualitative research and action research). Researchers and practitioners can speak to one another, but only if they employ a common language.
Descriptors: College Faculty, Community Colleges, Researchers, Universities, Individual Differences, Research and Development, Theory Practice Relationship, Intercollegiate Cooperation, Leadership, Educational Research, Research Methodology, Qualitative Research, Action Research
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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