Academic Leadership: The Online Journal


A major disconnect between education research and practice is widely acknowledged by both school practitioners and university-based researchers. Evidence and commentary relative to the disconnect are articulated in four articles in the April 2007 issue of Phi Delta Kappan under the theme The Research/Practice Divide. The authors explained, decried, explored, and sought to close the divide; none expressed doubt concerning the existence of the divide in teacher education or education leadership. Davis asserted (2007, p. 569), “It appears that comparatively little of what is written and thought about by scholars and policy makers actually has any appreciable impact on classrooms or drives durable system-wide reform efforts.”


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