Download PDF by Coll McLaughlin: Networking Practitioner Research

By Coll McLaughlin

ISBN-10: 0203086112

ISBN-13: 9780203086117

ISBN-10: 0415388457

ISBN-13: 9780415388450

A supplement to discovering colleges via an identical authors, this ebook offers readers with a powerful theoretical framework for school-based examine in addition to invaluable suggestion at the ways that networks of expert teams can interact to create a broad-ranging method of academic research. Through a serious exam of latest study and present considering, the authors draw out implications for the powerful coverage and perform of school-based learn. Illustrated all through with case reviews and together with an entire and distinctive literature assessment, this ebook might be a necessary source for all teachers pursuing study into schooling.

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136). , 1994), a new pattern of knowledge production that, it is claimed, has evolved in recent years in science and technology. , 1994, pp. 3–8) are that: 36 Networking practitioner research • ‘knowledge is produced in the context of its application’: it is produced by people who need to solve a practical problem of their own; the knowledge is ‘transdisciplinary’, being produced within the distinctive evolving framework of the problem it is created to solve; it is undeniably a contribution to knowledge, with ‘its own distinct theoretical structures, research methods and modes of practice’, and its ‘cumulative’ development; ‘the diffusion of the results is initially accomplished in the process of their production’.

In our view, one of the biggest weaknesses of the current system is the absence of the interpretation of research findings to help inform decision-making and actions at all levels. It is not easy to articulate a solution to this issue succinctly, as effective mediation depends crucially on the context, the nature of the research and the knowledge of the practitioner or policy-maker, but it lies at the heart of a system that effectively integrates research, development, policy formation, implementation and reflective practice.

People come together in temporary work teams and networks that dissolve when a problem is solved or redefined; ‘Social accountability permeates the whole knowledge production process . ’: working in the context of application increases the sensitivity of scientists and technologists to the broader implications of what they are doing . . because the issue on which research is based cannot be answered in scientific and technical terms alone; ‘Criteria to assess the quality of the work and the teams that carry out research in Mode Two differ from those of more traditional, disciplinary science’.

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