What evidence-base do we need to build a stronger theory-practice nexus?

Lisa F Smith

Abstract


This paper begins by reviewing the historic and current needs and problems associated with connecting theory and practice, and then moves to a brief discussion of current research on quality teaching, and factors that affect learning. An argument is put forward on how we can learn from other disciplines. Next, the case is made for thinking more about moderation and its relationship to standards. The paper concludes with a call for developing better vehicles for communication, a description of some innovative approaches to this issue using ICT, and some ideas on where to next. 


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DOI: 10.15663/wje.v18i1.146

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