In tonights #AussieEd chat on Twitter this article was shared again. It’s about a year old and given that we’ve hit the cycle of talking about the interaction of teachers and research, again the blog pretty much distills the problems with teachers using academic research in their classrooms.
Tonight’s #aussieED Twitter chat has been advertised as talking about ‘bad research’ and ‘good research’, and also asking ‘where can a good teacher turn?’ for research. The topic of research in education is a popular one. Teachers are encouraged to use evidence-based and research-informed practices. They are encouraged to know what research is worth listening to, what is worth ignoring, and what has been misused or debunked (hello, learning styles and neuromyths like ‘we only use 10% of our brains’ and left/right brain learning). Education researchers seek to disseminate their research to the profession. Some organisations seek to bridge the gap between education research and practice. Yet a gap remains.
What barriers are in the way of the teachers and school leaders accessing research to inform their practice?
- Time. Teachers and leaders in schools…
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