Educational Knowledge Brokerage and Mobilization: The Marshall Memo Case


  • Joel R. Malin Miami University-Oxford, Ohio
  • Vijay Keshaorao Paralkar Miami University-Oxford, Ohio



Knowledge mobilization, Brokerage, Mediation, Boundary crossing, Evidence use


The importance of intermediation between communities primarily engaged in research production and those primarily engaged in practice is increasingly acknowledged, yet our understanding of the nature and influence of this work in education remains limited. Accordingly, this study utilizes case study methodology and aspires to understand the activities and signature product (the Marshall Memo) of a particularly influential mediator of current educational research, news, and ideas: Mr. Kim Marshall. The article also examines the memo’s meaning to subscribing educators. Data analyses suggest subscribers greatly appreciate several aspects of the memo, which was found to draw from a wide range of source material that varies in terms of its research centredness and its practical implications.

Author Biography

Joel R. Malin, Miami University-Oxford, Ohio

Joel R. Malin is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Miami University-Oxford, Ohio and a faculty affiliate with the Office of Community College Research and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A former school psychologist and district-level administrator, his research interests include evidence use, career and college readiness policy and reform, and leadership knowledge and skill development. 




How to Cite

Malin, J. R., & Paralkar, V. K. (2018). Educational Knowledge Brokerage and Mobilization: The Marshall Memo Case. International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership, 12(7).

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