Academic journal article High School Journal

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Academic journal article High School Journal

From the Editorial Board

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As I began my dissertation research, I returned to teaching as a high school social studies teacher in the Arkansas Delta. Apart from the reality of teaching in the Delta--high unemployment and poverty--my teaching situation is nearly perfect. I have small classes, supplies, administrative support, and motivated students. I control my curriculum. I have taken students on a college visit day, led a field trip to a research library, and read Howard Zinn with them. Yet the transition from student and researcher back to teacher has not been easy. I certainly have new knowledge that I have gained through graduate school and from reading journals like this one. But there is still a disconnection between what I have learned and how I put it into action in my own classroom. I wonder now if the reason that teachers do not read research, as they are so often implored to do, is because it is hard to translate it to classrooms.

In this issue, Jennifer Job points out in her historical survey of the High School Journal that this journal has in the past been geared for high school teachers, professors, and administrators. I would like to think our intent has always been about the communication between practitioners and researchers even if it has not been as explicitly stated as it was then. The current editorial board is working towards increasing the depth and breadth of the articles we get, while also trying to increase the communication between practitioners and researchers. …

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