This book presents findings from a series of interlocking case studies of nationally visible R&D projects, with a unique focus on how researchers and practitioners actually worked together, and the policy, social, and institutional processes that either enabled or hindered their work. By investigating the roles played by research and practice in these efforts, the book illuminates lessons for those who seek to do this kind of work in the future. It suggests implications for designers, funders, school and district leaders, and universities.
Cynthia E. Coburn is Associate Professor in Policy, Organization, Measurement, and Evaluation at University of California at Berkeley. Mary Kay Stein is Associate Director of the Learning Research & Development Center and Founding Director of the Learning Policy Center at University of Pittsburgh. She also holds a joint appointment at the University of Pittsburgh as professor of Learning Policy and Senior Scientist at the Learning Research and Development Center.
1 Foreword 2 1. Reframing the Problem of Research and Practice 3 Part I: Fostering Partnerships for Educational Innovation 4 2. The Middle School Mathematics through Applications Project: Supporting Productive Collaborations During Two Different Phases of Curriculum Design 5 3. The Center for Learning Technologies in Urban Schools: Evolving Relationships in Design-based Research 6 4. Examining a Novel Partnership for Educational Innnovation: Promises and Complexities of Cross-institutional Collaboration 7 Part II: Role of Tools in the Relationship Between Research and Practice 8 5. Success for All: Using Tools to Transport Research-based Practices to the Classroom 9 6. Tools to Deepen Practitioner's Engagement with Research: The Case of the Institute for Learning 10 7. QUASAR: The Evolution of Tools to Support Educational Improvement 11 Part III: Developing Conditions to Foster Knowledge Development in Schools 12 8. Building Demand for Research through Lesson Study 13 9. The National Writing Project: Anatomy of an Improvement Infrastructure 14 Part IV: Research and Decision Making in School Districts 15 10. The Partnership for District Change: Challeneges of Evidence Use in a Major Urban District 16 11. Research-to-Practice: A Case Study of Boston Public Schools, Boston Plan for Excellence and Education Matters 17 12. Key Lessons About the Relationship between Research and Practice 18 Appendix A: Research Methodology 19 References 20 Contributors