Snake eats its own tail

20th February 1998 at 00:00
Teachers are being invited to join academics in Britain's first Internet "conference" on the future direction of educational research.

The event - from March 16 to 30 - is being organised by the British Educational Research Association which wants administrators and policy-makers to join in the e-mail dialogue.

BERA says that since research usually entails public expenditure it is only right that there should be discussion about such questions as "Who are the users of educational research?" and "Are they getting what they want?" Michael Bassey, executive secretary of BERA, acknowledges that academics seem to use more published research than teachers and policy-makers do. "It is like the snake eating its own tail," he said. "But if this is true, why does it happen? Do teachers and policy-makers find it difficult to locate research that is relevant to them?" The debate can be joined at

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