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Title: The Power of Improvement Networks to Transform Educational Inquiry: A Preliminary Exploration
Authors: Dolle, Jonathan
Wardrip, Peter
Russell, Jennifer
Gomez, Louis
Bryk, Anthony
Issue Date: Jul-2012
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS)
Citation: Dolle, J., Wardrip, P., Russell, J., Gomez, L., & Bryk, A. (2012). The Power of Improvement Networks to Transform Educational Inquiry: A Preliminary Exploration. In van Aalst, J., Thompson, K., Jacobson, M. J., & Reimann, P. (Eds.), The Future of Learning: Proceedings of the 10th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS 2012) – Volume 2, Short Papers, Symposia, and Abstracts (pp. 549-550). Sydney, NSW, AUSTRALIA: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Educational Improvement Research is offered as an alternative to translational research and action research. Translational research often takes the world's natural variation as noise to be controlled so that the efficacy of an intervention is accurately judged. Translational research, while rigorous, often looses contact with local contexts. Action research takes as its raison d'tre creating the conditions for and the assessment of effectiveness within local contexts, but often is criticized for failing to produce generalizable knowledge. We propose educational improvement research as a middle course. Undergirded by principles from quality improvement and networked improvement communities (NIC), educational improvement research aims to remain connected to settings of practice while producing reliable knowledge.
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