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Advice: Letting Real Problems of Practice Drive Research

Research into the effectiveness of blended learning should address real questions identified by educators and administrators

Context

In order for the evidence and implementation cycles to truly be unified, measurement must focus on relevant problems that are currently being faced by practitioners.

Evidence building is an iterative process, so questions that arise from implementation must feed back into evidence building efforts. Applied research is necessary to build on the new problems of practice that surface as evidence-based practices are implemented.

Teacher Does

  • Actively and transparently shares their problems of practice.

Leader/Administrator/Decision-maker Does

  • Actively and transparently shares their problems of practice.

Researcher Does

  • Generates evidence for the purposes of improving practice.
  • Is especially proactive about asking what questions practitioners need answered in order to do their jobs.

Funder Does

  • Generates evidence for the purposes of improving practice.
  • Is especially proactive about funding studies that answer the questions practitioners need answered in order to do their jobs.