Research and practice in education: the search for common ground

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Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, Incorporated, 2008 - Education - 141 pages
Over the years, bridging the gap between research and practice in education has proven to be a stubborn and persistent problem. This book examines the issue from several perspectives. First, the characteristics of educational research are examined, with particular attention given to the contrasting perspectives and professional orientations of researchers and practitioners. Second, the book provides a critical analysis of the current focus on "scientifically based" research as defined by No Child Left Behind and of the dubious relevance and uneven quality of research produced by schools of education. Third, several suggestions and resources are provided that can help practitioners improve their "research literacy" and assist researchers interested in advancing the practical relevance of their work.

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Contents

Whats the Big Deal?
19
Odd Science
33
The Research to Policy to Practice Conundrum
53
Copyright

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Stephen H. Davis is currently a professor of educational leadership at the California Polytechnic University, Pomona.

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