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Webcast: June 2009

Nothing is Quite So Good as Practical Theory: Bridging the Theory-to-Practice Gap



Russell Korte (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); Catherine Lombardozzi (Vanguard); Consuelo Waight (University of Houston)


Length: 61 minutes


Over the past decade, HRD researchers have made tremendous advances to enhance the theoretical foundations of the field. However, a nagging weakness is the continuing gap between theory and practice. One view is that this gap exists partly due to the institutional differences between the academy and practice, with the values and norms of the academy not transferring or translating easily into practice and vice versa. In this webcast, we explore these institutional differences as critical reasons for the theory-to-practice gap, and discuss initial recommendations for developing more practical theories.


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