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Research Seminar: Achieving research-informed practice at scale: the vital role of the networked school leader
A seminar from Professor Chris Brown, Director of Research, School of Education. Everyone is welcome to attend and booking is not required.
Although there is now a recognition that academic research can and should be used to improve teaching practice there is only limited evidence on how this might be facilitated at the level of the school system (Graves and Moore, 2017). Furthermore, a gap appears to exist between research and practitioners more generally, which shows little indication of narrowing (Coldwell et al., 2017; Graves and Moore, 2017; Whitty and Wisby, 2017). As a result, this leaves only sporadic instances of evidence-informed teaching occurring within and across schools; with other factors such as intuition and experience instead solely driving much of the decision-making undertaken by teachers (Vanlommel et al., 2017). A key question therefore is what can we do to achieve evidence-informed teaching at scale? To address this question, this research seminar will present understanding and ideas for how best to close research to practice gap across all schools (Graves and Moore, 2017) and the vital roles of both network and system leadership. In addition case studies of successful initiatives in this area, including the notion of Research Learning Communities and will be discussed.
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