Ball, Deborah Loewenberg, and Fancesca M. Foryani, "What Makes Education Research 'Educational'?" Educational Researcher, 36(December, 2007), 529-540.


Posits a formulation of multiple interactions named "the instructional dynamic" and argues that research in colleges of education should relate in some manner to these kinds of interactions at the heart of educational practice and policy; gives examples.

Broad Topical Focus

Curriculum Enactment and Teaching, Curriculum Research and Inquiry-General, Relation of Curriculum Research to Practice

Source Discipline


Mode of Inquiry in the Study

Philosophical Inquiry-Speculative Essay

Type of Study

Single Study

Narrow Topic

Knowledge Generation, Practical Knowledge


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