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Guidance and toolkits

Guidance and toolkits designed to help practitioners engage with evidence and researchers connect with practitioners have recently begun to emerge. Links to a few of these are given below. It is hoped that readers will send in links to other useful ones. 

sing research in your school and your teaching

Using research in your school and your teaching

The General Teaching Council for England offers an online version of its document using research in your school and your teaching, based on evidence generated by its project 'Investigating the research engaged school'. It provides detailed information and case studies on issues such as Research engagement as effective CPD; developing research questions linked to school improvement; planning and managing your research project; using other people's research.  The document is available here.

Research communication and impact

Research communication and impact

The Teaching and Learning Research Programme has emphasised engagement with users throughout the research process and effective communication for maximum impact on policy and practice. It has commissioned guides on research communication and impact, with practitioners, including:

  • Communicating new knowledge to practitioners by P.Cordingley
  • Educational research commissioned by/for policy audiences by L.Saunders
  • Supporting teachers' engagement in and with research by L.Saunders
  • Resources from RCBN and Journal: communications and impact by C. Taylor

Further information is available here.

Research Tool-kit

Research Tool-kit

This volume, published by NFER, is useful to teachers, education researchers and education students. Written in accessible language with illustrative examples, the Tool-kit covers topics such as planning your research project, sampling, searching for literature and gathering evidence of pupil work. It is designed to be more digestible than a weighty text book on research methods. The volume is available here

Using the Internet for your studies

Using the Internet for your studies

The Intute Virtual Training Suite is a free, interactive tutorial to improve your Internet skills, written by qualified tutors, lecturers and librarians from across the UK and funded by JISC. It advises on how to search effectively and suggests which sites are worth exploring. The tutorial is available here.

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