1st Edition

The Teacher's Guide to Research Engaging with, Applying and Conducting Research in the Classroom

By Jonathan Firth Copyright 2020
    266 Pages
    by Routledge

    266 Pages
    by Routledge

    This accessible guide provides practical support on becoming research engaged and research active within the school and beyond. It explores the meaning of research and clarifies multiple types of research which lead to different views on ‘what works’, all whilst showing how to engage with the latest educational findings and how to conduct classroom-based research as part of career-long professional development.

    Divided into three parts, this book examines the various understandings of being ‘research-engaged’ and covers key issues such as:

    • Finding and interpreting research
    • How to apply and evaluate findings in reliable ways
    • Planning and carrying out a classroom-based project
    • Building a culture of research within a school
    • Establishing local research networks
    • Publishing work

    Illustrated with inspiring examples of how to these implement ideas in schools, The Teachers’ Guide to Research is perfect for practicing schools teachers, student teachers and educational leaders who are looking to expand their research knowledge and rekindle their professional curiosity.



    Part 1: Research for the teacher

    Chapter 1: Why teachers should engage with research

    Chapter 2: Finding time for research

    Chapter 3: Accessing and using research evidence

    Chapter 4: Will this work for my learners?

    Chapter 5: Using a research-based intervention in your classroom

    Chapter 6: Evaluating your intervention

    Part 2: The teacher as researcher

    Chapter 7: The next step

    Chapter 8: Conducting ethical research

    Chapter 9: Controlling research variables

    Chapter 10: Correlation studies

    Chapter 11: Quantitative methods

    Chapter 12: Qualitative methods

    Chapter 13: Research into your subject area

    Part 3: The networked teacher-researcher

    Chapter 14: The 'research lead' role

    Chapter 15: A school culture of research

    Chapter 16: Local networks

    Chapter 17: Disseminating your research




    Jonathan Firth is a teacher, researcher and a Chartered Psychologist. He has written several school psychology textbooks as well as guides for teachers. He works in teacher education at the University of Strathclyde and teaches psychology at school level, as well as conducting research into the practical applications of memory and metacognition to teaching.

    "I have read several books of this nature aimed at classroom practitioners, but this one has a contemporary feel and includes references to current debates. It successfully articulates the need for research-informed practitioners and is another tool in the armoury of a profession that desperately needs to able to stand up to politicians." - Peter Ford, Schools Week

    "I think that Dr Firth’s book will be welcomed by trainee teachers, their research supervisors and trainers, and practicing teachers alike. Indeed, the book as a whole is, in my view, to be highly recommended to these reader audiences, and on a personal note, I intend to lose no time in making such recommendations myself." - Dr Stephen James Minton, The Psychology of Education Review