1st Edition

The Role of Knowledge Brokers in Education Connecting the Dots Between Research and Practice

Edited By Joel Malin, Chris Brown Copyright 2020
    212 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    212 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This ground-breaking book comprehensively addresses an area of major and sustained concern: how to improve the use of research evidence and enhance educators’ research engagement as a route to the improvement of educational practice. It focuses on the topic of knowledge brokering and mobilization in education, and its role in fostering evidence-informed practice.

    Divided into three sections, each addressing a different role of knowledge mobilizers, the book is based in clear evidentiary grounding. The chapters:

    • Explore payoffs and challenges of connecting research to practice
    • Provide recommendations in relation to practice and decision-making
    • Present organized and professionally-enhancing tools, strategies and insights

    Written by internationally-recognized leaders and expert contributors, The Role of Knowledge Brokers in Education brings together extensive and global perspectives in an accessible yet comprehensive volume. This book is an invaluable resource for educational leaders worldwide who are interested in using or generating research for school improvement, as well as researchers, academics, and students in schools of education.


    About the editors

    About the contributors

    (Introductory Chapter - 1) – Joining Worlds: Knowledge Mobilization and Evidence-Informed Practice

    Authors: Joel R. Malin and Chris Brown

    (Chapter 2) –Educational Brokerage and Knowledge Mobilization in the United States: Who, What, Why, How?

    Authors: Joel R. Malin, Chris Brown, and Angela Șt. Trubceac

    (Chapter 3) - Push and Pull on Twitter: How School Leaders Use Twitter for Knowledge Brokering

    Authors: Jayson W. Richardson, Nicholas J. Sauers, Vincent Cho, and John Eric M. Lingat

    (Chapter 4) – Evidence for the Frontline: More Questions than Answers

    Authors: Caroline Creaby and Jonathan Haslam

    (Chapter 5) - Fostering Improved Connections Between Research, Policy and Practice: The Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research

    Authors: Doris McWhorter, Erica van Roosmalen, Donna Kotsopoulos, George Gadanidis, Ruth Kane, Nicholas Ng-A-Fook, Carol Campbell, Katina Pollock, and Davoud Sarfaraz

    (Chapter 6) - Avenues of Influence: An Exploration of School-Based Practitioners as Knowledge Brokers and Mobilizers

    Authors: Elizabeth Farley-Ripple and Sara Grajeda

    (Chapter 7) – Knowledge Brokering: "Not a Place for Novices of New Conscripts"

    Authors: Amanda Cooper, Joelle Rodway, Stephen MacGregor, Samantha Shewchuk, and Michelle Searle

    (Chapter 8) - What is the Research Brokerage Role that can be Played by Social Relationships? Learning from a Quantitative Study from England

    Author: Chris Brown

    (Chapter 9) - Building Student Teachers’ Capacity to Engage with Research

    Authors: Georgeta Ion and Joaquin Gairín

    (Chapter 10) - Cooperation between Research, Practice and Administration as a Knowledge Transfer Strategy? Insights from a School Development Project involving Schools in Socially Disadvantaged Areas in Germany

    Author: Nina Bremm and Veronika Manitius

    (Chapter 11) - The Role of Brokers in Sustaining Partnership Work in Education

    Authors: Kristen L. Davidson and William R. Penuel

    (Chapter 12) - Using frameworks and models to support knowledge mobilization

    Author: Vicky Ward

    (Culminating/Moving Forward - Chapter 13) – Conclusion: The Future of Research Use?

    Author: Christopher Lubienski


    Joel Malin is Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Miami University-Oxford, Ohio.

    Chris Brown is Professor of Education in the School of Education and Childhood Studies, University of Portsmouth.