Moving forward with research

When in Rome...

The word research seemingly appeared in almost all presentations today with one professional stating ‘he was losing the will to live’, although he was criticised for his viewpoint. No-one seemed to define the need for research but rather assumed that its value was a given. The value being that it enriches our understanding of what works and what doesn’t work in our educational environments.

However, there are flaws with research and these come to mind initially when I begin to think about how I might develop the use of research in my faculty. The first is that all too often research is used as a method to serve someone’s own interests. For example, a head of faculty wants to introduce something new to their department. Person A does not agree with the head of faculty’s proposal so finds piece of research to quote that it has been proven not to…

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