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Brokering in Education Research-Practice Partnerships A Guide for Education Professionals and Researchers

    268 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    268 Pages 25 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Educational leaders, researchers, and community members have found collaborating on research supports improvement in their schools, districts, and the wider community – but how do we go about developing these partnerships? With essential tools, frameworks, and tips for brokering in research-practice partnerships (RPPs), this practical book provides guidance on cultivating and sustaining impactful relationships and supportive infrastructure with partners. Through the careful brokering of these partnerships, RPP brokers can bridge the gap between education research and practice, bringing people together to build a more equitable educational system.

    Written by RPP leaders, researchers, and professionals, this handbook explores how brokering can:

    • Support the production and use of partnership research
    • Develop and nurture meaningful relationships, even in the face of challenging circumstances
    • Build individual competencies to manage an RPP and strengthen the partnership
    • Develop partnership governance
    • Implement effective administrative structures
    • Design processes and communications routines
    • Assess and continuously improve the partnership

    This is an essential read for any educational leader, higher education faculty, researcher, or other community member who wants to understand the types of activities and responsibilities required of an RPP broker and the strategies to become an effective broker of RPPs aimed at educational improvement and equitable transformation.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

    1. What is Brokering and Why Does it Matter in Education Research-Practice Partnerships?;  2. The Practice and Research behind the RPP Brokers Framework;  3. A Framework: What Do Brokers Do?;  4. RPP Brokers in Different Contexts;  5. Cases Describing Brokering to Strengthen Partners;  6. Cases Describing Brokering to Strengthen Partnerships;  7.  Using Cases to Support RPP Broker Work and Development;  7. The Future of Brokering in Research-Practice Partnerships


    Laura Wentworth is Director of the Research-Practice Partnership Program for California Education Partners, USA.

    Paula Arce-Trigatti is Director of the National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships at Rice University, USA.

    Carrie Conaway is Senior Lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA, and Co-Chair of the Education Policy Analysis Master’s Degree Program.

    Samantha Shewchuk is Research Associate at the Center for Research in Education and Social Policy at the University of Delaware, USA.