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How to find perspective and purpose in education research

By Josh Jessen
June 5th, 2014

Our individual explorations of research are essential for us to undertake if we want to give our students the best education we can

education-researchWhen was the last time you allowed yourself to think deeply about the big picture of education and let your mind be free of the stress of the school day? When was the last time you let yourself wander off into the world of possibilities?

If I told you that education research can do that for you, would you believe me?

It can seem like everything in education roles downhill to the classroom teacher; federal, state and district mandates force our administrators to demand more of us and it seems like parents, school boards and the public expect more and more as well.

It is easy to forget that we are all focused on the same goal: our students.

In the course of our busy workdays and our busy lives, we can lose perspective and lose our ability to perceive what is really going on, and in so doing, remember why we found our way to education in the first place. This is why there are thousands of education researchers who have devoted their careers to examining possibilities, opening doors to new ideas and seeking out ways to improve the lives of students and teachers.

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