Educational Research: Too much, too little, too often?

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As the concept of research-based practice grows in stature within the teaching community in the UK, and to some extent amongst policy-makers too (when it suits them), the relationship between academics and teachers has regularly come under the spotlight. ResearchEd 2013 is possibly the most prominent recent example with ResearchEd Midlands on the horizon.

I thought it might just be useful to take a moment to consider if any individual working on this part-time, whether a teacher reading late into the night, a teacher educator preparing sessions for their trainees, or SLT looking for the magic bullet, can get any kind of effective handle on the whole picture.

I’m a science teacher. Here is Keith Taber’s list of some journals specialising in science education. Keith Taber works at Cambridge University; he is a cheese of the large variety in science education so if his name is not familiar, perhaps I…

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