Research evidence and reflective teaching
Steve Higgins considers the relationship between research evidence and reflective teaching and argues that they are complementary in supporting the development of teachers’ professional expertise.
Using research for teachers’ professional development
Tim Cain explores the heritage of teachers’ learning ranging from applying theory to practice to research-informed reflection, and considers the implications for professional development.
Professional learning through enquiry!
Graham Handscomb explores the integral relationship between professional development, enquiry and research engagement.
Weaving together the evidence – what really works in research, practice and professional development?
Emma Wisby and Geoff Whitty consider the whole relationship between educational research and practice, and examine the implications for professional development. In doing so they warn against the dominance of the trial based approach and argue for a broader, more dynamic view.
Seeing through the hullabaloo – cultivating a culture of enquiry
Gareth Mills explores some of the challenges and opportunities of teachers engaging with research. He examines how we might separate the wheat from the chaff to nurture a genuine culture of evidence-informed enquiry and positive change. “The statements of science are not of what is true and what is not true, but statements of what is known with different degrees of certainty.” Richard Feynman
Leadership for mobilizing schools as research engaged communities
Clive Dimmock explores how leadership is vital to developing schools as research engaged communities. Leaders are key to establishing the necessary conditions and structures, as well as tackling barriers. Above all, he argues that by embedding research engagement within the school as a professional learning community, leaders ensure that research knowledge is mobilized to improve practice.
Making research engagement part of the life force of the school
David Godfrey and Graham Handscomb explore the concept of the school as part of an ecosystem and the contribution of research engagement at all its levels.