Navigating the research-practice relationship: Professional goals and constraints

Masatoshi Sato

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In this article, which is based on my AAAL 2023 plenary talk, I argue that researchers may be contributing to widening the never-ending gap between research and practice. At least, there is such a possibility given that researchers, including myself, have rarely investigated their own beliefs and practices related to classroom teaching. In the first part, I overview research of the research-practice relationship and problematize the epistemological clash between two groups of professionals, that is, teachers and researchers. In the second part, I focus on researchers as a profession who have significant potential in contributing to education. In the third part, I share concrete ways of tackling researchers' obstacles in communicating with practitioners if, and when, they wish to be useful for real-world education, including: (a) adjusting the nature of research, and (b) improving communication methods. In conclusion, I propose a model in which the research-practice relationship can be more equitable, effective, and mutually beneficial.

Original languageEnglish
JournalLanguage Teaching
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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