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Using Educational Research to Inform Practice
A Practical Guide to Practitioner Research in Universities and Colleges

ISBN 9780415450102
Published August 2, 2010 by Routledge
160 Pages

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Book Description

This book gives practical guidance on how educational research can inform professional practice. Written in a clear and accessible style, it details the way in which evidence based knowledge can be used to develop teaching and learning, bringing together a range of resources for all levels of reader but specifically designed to aid the progressive practitioner researcher.

The authors draw on their experience of empirical work in education to provide thoroughly up-to-date reference material, including illustrative case studies, practical guidelines and exercises, and definitions of educational and research terms. The case studies and critical literature surveys have been chosen to demonstrate the use (and mis-use) of research evidence in thinking about a range of important topics in further and higher education, such as, learning styles, deep and surface learning, dyslexia in higher education, the assessment of group work, teaching critical thinking, problem based learning, and dissertation marking. Drawing on their philosophical backgrounds, the authors also address the much conceptual confusions which have led to scepticism regarding the wisdom or even the possibility of using research evidence to inform teaching.

Other guidance includes:

  • relating practitioner knowledge to educational research
  • ethical and practical issues on research within the institution
  • evaluating the strengths and limitations of research evidence
  • researching ideas through the examination of case studies
  • practitioner research and contributions to the knowledge base

Using Educational Research to Inform Practice provides the necessary understanding for conducting research, thinking about its value and applying research evidence to practice in universities and colleges and therefore will be essential reading for those resource managers who are responsible for providing courses and support in higher education institutions.

In addition, this book is particularly aimed at further and higher lecturers undertaking professional development courses and experienced and senior staff who wish to use research to improve management practices.

Table of Contents

1. What’s the Use of Practitioner Research?  2. Professional Knowledge  3. What is Educational Research Anyway?  4. ‘Good Practice’ and Evidence –based Teaching  5. Handle with Care: Reading and Evaluating Research  6. Practitioner Research in Action: Doing One’s Own Research  7. Models of Practitioner Research  8. Standards in Practitioner Research  9. Researching Responsibly: The Ethics of Practitioner Research  10. Examples of Practitioner Research Case Studies

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Lorraine Foreman-Peck is a Research Fellow in the Department of Educational Studies University of Oxford, and Visiting Professor University of Northumbria. She has extensive experience in curriculum development and in teaching research methods and has led research, evaluation and development projects in three universities.

Christopher Winch is Professor of Educational Philosophy and Policy in the Department of Education and Professional Studies at King's College, London. He has taught in primary, further and higher education. His interests are in professional education, philosophy of education and the philosophy of educational research.