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Questions to help you engage in classroom research

Action research
How can schools engage with research successfully and what makes for an evidence-informed school? Tami McCrone and Matt Inniss advise.

Engaging with research gets you thinking, it challenges you and makes you evaluate carefully your teaching methods and the reasons behind them” (comment from a teacher).

“Evidence-based teaching” – is this simply the latest in a long succession of fads and buzz-words around education policy, or is there much more to it? 

While there have been efforts to encourage research engagement in schools and teaching practice before, the current interest is worth investigating.

From Dr Ben Goldacre’s controversial call for Randomised Controlled Trials in education, to the Education Endowment Fund’s effort to find out “what works” using such trials – there’s a burgeoning interest in providing an evidence-base to support the efforts of our teachers.

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