Generating Improvement Through Research and Development in Education Systems

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Science  19 Apr 2013:
Vol. 340, Issue 6130, pp. 317-319
DOI: 10.1126/science.1236180

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To effectively address problems in education, research must be shaped around a problem of practice. Reorienting research and development in this way must overcome three obstacles. First, the incentive system for university researchers must be changed to reward research on problems of practice. Second, the contexts must be created that will allow the complexity of problems of practice to be understood and addressed by interdisciplinary teams of researchers, practitioners, and education designers. And third, meaningful experimentation must become acceptable in school systems in order to develop a better understanding of how to effectively stimulate and support the desired changes.

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