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News and Opinion Oct 16, 2017

Building the Bridge Between Science and Practice Published in Mind, Brain, and Education

Pamela Cantor, M.D., President and CEO of Turnaround for Children, along with K. Brooke Stafford-Brizard, Director, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and L. Todd Rose, Co-Founder of The Center for Individual Opportunity were published in Mind, Brain, and Education. Their journal article titled, Building the Bridge Between Science and Practice: Essential Characteristics of a Translational Framework, argues that science has the potential to transform the American education system.

Here is the abstract:

Mind, brain, and education is a field developed with two key purposes: (1) to accelerate the knowledge developed through research by using an interdisciplinary approach, and (2) to create a bridge to connect and apply this knowledge to educational practice. While great progress has been made with regard to the interdisciplinary efforts of mind, brain and education, a chasm remains between the fields of science and educational practice. This article presents the case for bridging that chasm through the development of a translational and bidirectional framework that allows the fields of science and educational practice to access and influence each other. Thee characteristics of such a framework are proposed as theory-driven and perspective-neutral, interdisciplinary and interdependent , grounded in the science of development, context-sensitive, and allowing for falsifiability. Potential enablers for the successful implementation of such a framework are proposed.

You can read the full journal article here.