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Bridging the Research-to-Practice Gap
Bridging the research-to-practice gap

Two big disparities that have been pervasive in US education are the achievement gap and the research-to-practice gap. The achievement gap refers to the discrepancy of performance between high- and low-achieving students, and is correlated with disability, cultural and ethnic diversity, and income level (Casserly, 2006). The other gap, the research-to-practice gap, refers to an ongoing problem in which research-based teaching practices have had minimal, if any, carryover into real classrooms. Much to the detriment of our students, education has been driven more by fads than by the findings of scientific research (Kozloff, 2002). Recent federal legislation has attempted to bridge the achievement gap by also bridging the research-to-practice gap. Specifically, both NCLB (2002) and IDEIA (2004) require ...

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