Bridging theory and practice.
There is a lot of theory around education, around the best way(s) to teach children.
Often theory is presented to teachers as an end-product, in the form of curricular reforms or technological reforms that are expected, at times mandated, to be used in the classroom.
Researchers question – why aren’t our findings being transferred into practice?
Teachers question – why are we being asked to do something new, something else again?
Policy makers question – why are teachers being so difficult?
How can we change these questions?
How can we bridge the gaps?
I believe it comes down to
competing value systems between the different stakeholders that create
- difficult relationships
- fragmented culture
- unstable ground
The feedback I received from my doctoral seminar group and from Chris is helping me to bridge the gaps in my ideas. Interestingly, as I do that I’m also discovering that my ideas are about bridging gaps.
Time to read, think, write.
I’ll keep you posted.