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Research-engaged schools – a self-review tool

CPD Action research
Knowing where to start when creating a research-engaged school is difficult. Getting an understanding of what’s involved and recognising where you are on the journey is crucial. Caroline Fisher advises.

In a recent edition of SecEd’s sister publication Headteacher Update, Dr Julie Nelson asked the question “what is your research goal?” – tackling the somewhat thorny issue of whether academic research and teacher enquiry could complement rather than compete with each other as tools for a self-improving teaching profession.

Dr Nelson advocated a place for both, writing: “By identifying your school’s development needs, the questions that can answer them, the research that already exists, and the gaps that still need to be filled, it should be possible to identify whether further enquiry is needed. And how, and with whom, it can best be compiled and applied.” (See further information for a link to the full article.)

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