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Bridging the research-practice gap: Barriers and facilitators to research use among school principals from England and Israel

Hemsley-Brown, J and Oplatka, I (2005) Bridging the research-practice gap: Barriers and facilitators to research use among school principals from England and Israel International Journal of Public Sector Management, 18 (5). 424 - 446. ISSN 0951-3558

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Abstract

When a professional practitioner is faced with making a decision about what to do in a particular situation, do they base that decision on findings from research? This paper reports on qualitative and quantitative research which examined school principals’ perceptions of barriers to the use of research. To facilitate a comparison the study was conducted simultaneously in two countries: England and Israel using interviews, focus groups and the Barriers Scale survey instrument (Funk et al., 1991). The results of tests indicated that factors associated with the research itself, (e.g. relevance and access), were significant barriers to research use for principals from both countries (compared with factors associated with: the setting; the presentation of research; and the individual). The paper concludes that multiple strategies would be required to address a number of issues related to the dissemination of research and ways of addressing the gap between the aims of researchers, and the needs and expectations of practitioners.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is © Emerald Group Publishing and permission has been granted for this version to appear here. Emerald does not grant permission for this article to be further copied/distributed or hosted elsewhere without the express permission from Emerald Group Publishing Limited.
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Economics and Law > Surrey Business School
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2012 14:15
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 19:17
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/271052

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