Educational research has never been more prominent. Social media has brought together practitioners, policymakers and academics in previously unimagined proximity. There has been an explosion of accessible books on the application of educational research.
But what research is – and why it is important – is contested. There are currently competing narratives about research, which it is important to navigate through.
“Research really matters, but practitioner research doesn’t”
The first narrative is quite dominant in policy-making circles. It says that research is about big data and randomised ...