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Research and Practice in Education : The Search for Common Ground - Stephen H. Davis

Research and Practice in Education

The Search for Common Ground

Hardcover Published: 25th July 2008
ISBN: 9781578868407
Number Of Pages: 141

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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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Stephen Davis has written a readable, engaging book about the fragile intersection between research and practice. He brings this subject to life by drawing on his own rich, personal experiences as a teacher, school administrator, and university faculty member. Teachers and administrators will discover a sympathetic, realistic portrayal of their work while acquiring a somewhat critical view of academia as Stephen experienced it.--Edwin M. Bridges, professor emeritus, Stanford University

How Wide Is the Divide?p. 1
Research? What Research?p. 7
From Research to Practice: What's the Big Deal?p. 19
Odd Sciencep. 33
The Research to Policy to Practice Conundrump. 53
Alien Worldsp. 83
The Search for Common Ground: Can the Gap Be Bridged?p. 117
Resources for Developing Research Literacyp. 125
Referencesp. 131
Indexp. 137
About the Authorp. 141
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ISBN: 9781578868407
ISBN-10: 1578868408
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 141
Published: 25th July 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.52
Weight (kg): 0.3

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