5 things you need to know about research
In the rush to become an evidence-informed teacher, it’s easy to overlook the fact that not all academic exploration is equal – and some of it is better, or worse, than it initially appears. Christian Bokhove sets out ways to avoid being suckered by a persuasive consensus, guard against injudiciously dismissing oppositional findings, and recognise the limitations of educational research
If you were to stop and observe teachers doing the Grand Tour of educational research that now seems a compulsory journey for all school educators, you would notice something concerning: where teachers choose to stop and where they hurry past, throwing a dismissive glance as they go, is highly variable.
For some, the shores of Sweller, Bjork and Willingham are a must-see; for others, not so much. Certain teachers walk among the more historical streets of a Piaget, Vygotsky or Bruner, others would sooner demolish the lot. There are groups who flock to neuroscience alone; others who single out ...