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Title: A Community of Practice to Bridge Research and Practice in Science Education
Authors: Cormier, Caroline
Hughes, Sean
Laroche, Karl
Turcotte, Véronique
Dugdale, Michael
Lenton, Kevin
Adams, Rhys
Charles, Elizabeth
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Cormier, C., Hughes, S., Laroche, K., Turcotte, V., Dugdale, M., Lenton, K., Adams, R., & Charles, E. (2023). A community of practice to bridge research and practice in science education. In Blikstein, P., Van Aalst, J., Kizito, R., & Brennan, K. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2023 (pp. 2239-2242). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Communities of practice (CoPs) have been used to support practitioners’ efforts to adopt new teaching methods. In this paper, we summarize how our team facilitated knowledge transfer by forming and leveraging several CoPs that shared the common objective of implementing Inquiry-Based Labs (IBL) in science curricula. Over two years, our team members played the role of linkage agents in the CoPs to bridge the gap between education research, by sharing our own research findings, and practice, by collecting feedback directly from IBL practitioners about their challenges with implementation. As various needs of the members were well met – to be informed, to share thoughts, to belong – the CoPs have since evolved into stable, sustainable entities. Through these powerful social interactions, CoP members themselves have become linkage agents, connecting us to the larger community that would otherwise not engage with our research and thus further bridging the gap between research and practice.
Description: Practice-Oriented Paper
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