Leading Professional Development

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.

Geoff Whitty heritage 

I have written this article subsequent to the death of Geoff Whitty in July 2018.  It covers a topic that we had written on together extensively – first in 2005 in preparation for his British Educational Research Association (BERA) Presidential Address (Whitty, 2006), and then in relation to our publications since 2015 (Whitty and Wisby, 2016; Whitty and Wisby, 2018 in press). In particular the article draws from our chapter in the edited collection by Godfrey and Brown, An Eco-system for Research Engaged Schools (Wisby and Whitty, forthcoming).  I hope that Geoff would have been pleased with this adaptation of that chapter.  Both he and his voice in the debates covered here will be sorely missed.

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