The RSPE program is focussed on increasing KM in education through learning about mechanisms that help to build strong linkages between research, policy, and practice. By doing so, RSPE seeks to change the way educators and the general populace view, access and interpret education research; thereby improving the daily lives and experiences of students and practitioners across classrooms in Canada and abroad.
COMMITMENTS AND VALUES
Acknowledging the central importance of evidence in educational practice and the creation and implementation of policy, the RSPE has committed to the following efforts:
- Conducting and sharing the results of empirical studies to strengthen the evidence about KM and research use in education;
- Raising awareness of similar global efforts to enhance connections between research, policy and practice;
- Building the collaborative efforts and networks amongst researchers, policymakers and practitioners; and
- Providing accessible resources for carrying out this work at all levels
A conclusion arising from our own work (and that of other researchers) is that the process of mobilizing knowledge involves three key elements, creating: products, events, and networks. Below is a brief description of our activities in these areas.
Our website provides a number of products intended to be useful to those studying and practicing KM. All of these resources are available at no cost, but for some, registration will be required so that we can gather more data on KM as it occurs on our own site. By registering you are assisting our research. We seek to raise awareness of KM issues within the field of education - stakeholders can only become engaged with KM if they know what it is and how it affects their work.
Knowledge mobilization is a social process and events play an important role in facilitating learning about KM through interaction between KM scholars, practitioners, and graduate students. For this reason, the KM team at OISE regularly participates in conferences and is involved in collaborative events with other KM organizations.
Literature on KM suggests that networks are potentially the most powerful avenue to change professional practice because they create ongoing social contact, which is most likely to affect behaviour. Our program is attempting to build collaborative interaction between KM scholars and specialists in different disciplines, sectors and countries.
The RSPE engages in empirical study of knowledge mobilization efforts. These are all framed around the product, event, and networks framework with most projects focusing on products. We focus on products more often than the other two elements because products are used the most to disseminate research.
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