“UNIFIED”: Bridging the Researcher–Practitioner Divide in Mind, Brain, and Education
Hobbiss MH., Massonnié J., Tokuhama-Espinosa T., Gittner A., de Sousa Lemos MA., Tovazzi A., Hindley C., Baker S., Sumeracki MA., Wassenaar T., Gous I.
© 2019 International Mind, Brain, and Education Society and Wiley Periodicals, Inc. Mind, Brain, and Education (MBE) science is by definition transdisciplinary. However, the communication and collaboration between constituent disciplines needed for true transdisciplinarity remains relatively rare. Consequently, many of the potential benefits of MBE science remain unrealized for parties on all sides of the discipline. The present commentary first conducts an analysis of the current strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats of transdisciplinary partnerships in MBE. A new, free, and international web platform (“UNIFIED”) is then proposed to broker relationships between researchers and teachers within schools. This website would allow users to form collaborations based on a system of tags indexing their research interests as well as practicalities such as their location. Such a website appears well placed to realize many of the opportunities, and mitigate the threats and weaknesses, of transdisciplinary MBE research. The article concludes with an appeal to interested researchers and schools to contribute to the development of the project.