The Center for Practitioner Research will affect education through collaborative scholarship that contributes to knowledge, practice, advocacy and policy in education. The Center will be an advocate for practitioner research as an essential form of educational research. The Center's mission will be to:support, promote, nurture, and celebrate the use of practitioner research as a viable means for the enhancement of teaching and learning in schools and other educational organizations, and encourage collaborative scholarship of practitioners within and across educational institutions.
Defining Practitioner Research
Practitioner research enables practitioners in educational settings to study and reflect on their practice in a systematic way for the purpose of improving education and learning. Practitioner researchers are educators who conduct research in their own practice, as well as those who modify their practice as a result of the research conducted by others. They can be educators in P-12, postsecondary educators, or educators working in non-traditional educational settings, such as cultural institutions. Practitioner research has the potential to impact education at the student, classroom, school, and district levels, as well as in cultural, non-schools educational programs in places such as museums and zoos. Practitioner research contributes to the professionalism of teachers and other educators and enables them to contribute to discussions and decisions related to the teaching-learning process and policy.