It’s summer time, and that means that NCRPP staff are out traveling the blogosphere, guest blogging! Here are three recent guest blogs to check out.
What is the Conceptual Use of Research, and Why is it Important?
Caitlin Farrell and Cynthia Coburn argue for closer attention to the conceptual uses of research, an undervalued but consequential way that research can shape policy in a guest blog for the William T. Grant Foundation. They write, “We often imagine that research use involves district leaders reviewing studies on the efficacy of different programs they are considering adopting, weighing pros and cons, and making a selection. But the conceptual use of research does not inform one specific decision directly. Instead, it influences what district leaders prioritize and focus on as they do their work. This, in turn, influences a variety of policy actions and problem solving decisions across the school system.” For more, go here.
To Study Conceptual Use of Research, Consider Tradeoffs Among Methods
Seeing conceptual use of research is difficult, note Bill Penuel and Annie Allen in a second William T. Grant blog. They explain, “If we want to see the conceptual use of research, we will need to follow the ideas that get brought up in one context and trace their movement across meetings, documents, and one-on-one interactions.” Penuel and Allen highlight three different methods and approaches to reveal the ways that research can shape ideas. Want details on how to see conceptual uses of research? Check out the blog.
Researchers and School Districts can Partner to Benefit Education Practice
Annie Allen and Caitlin Farrell wrote a review of a Phi Delta Kappan article by Marco A. Muñoz and Robert J. Rodosky from Jefferson County Public Schools in Kentucky. In their piece, Muñoz and Rodosky reflect on reflect on several partnerships in their district that have been beneficial. This PDK piece offers a thoughtful consideration about the strategic trade-offs partnerships face and the resources that are required for success from the district perspective. For the blog review, go here, or check out original article here.