We are missing a system to produce, vet, disseminate, and get into use knowledge about quality teaching.
Plainly put, there is no one responsible for producing actionable, practical knowledge about teaching. Researchers write mainly for other researchers; some teachers have lots of knowledge but have few incentives or support for sharing it. There are also not good mechanisms for vetting or evaluating whether knowledge from research or out of practice is of quality and use to practicing teachers. Nor are there intermediaries that share what knowledge there is with teachers in a user-friendly and accessible format. In short, there is not really an “R and D” system to speak of in education in the way that there is in other fields. One major task for a group working on the problem of quality teaching is to build an “R and D” system in education.
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