A DREAM COMES TRUE: UNIVERSITY RESEARCH IN THE SERVICE OF SCHOOLS

Gilles Dussault

Abstract


To the average citizen, those who work in schools and those who work in universities are part of the same team. But in reality those who work in universities on behalf of schools often face from many colleagues an acute antipathy that appears to have the obduracy of the irrational. Dussault's experiences in directing the recently founded Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique, for Education, document some of the tensions that can be created by those who have the leisure for university politics, and he vehemently expresses a reaction that is perhaps too often swallowed unheard. He describes with some pride the achievements of his institution, which in applied research uses procedures no doubt uncomfortable to those for whom the alternative to pure science can only be impure.

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