If you are a trainee teacher or experienced practitioner new to research, or are simply wondering how to get started on your education research project, this practical book will be your guide. The authors offer simple steps to ensure that you ask the key questions in the most effective way possible. The book guides you through the entire research process: from clarifying the context and conceptual background, to presenting and analysing the evidence gathered. Supported by examples, checklists and diagrams, this fully revised and updated edition includes a wealth of information on: Research design • Evidence gathering techniques • Practitioner research • Ethics • Data analysis techniques. This book will be valuable to anyone begining a research or a professional or a professional or school development project, whatever stage they are at within the teaching community, from training for QTS, higher degree, or in need of evidence-backed decisions for the strategic development of their school.

The Place of Research within the Classroom and School

The place of research within the classroom and school

By the conclusion of this chapter it is anticipated that you will have considered and be able to:

  • understand the role of research to inform and improve practice;
  • understand the importance of exploring potential options before acting and evaluating the impact of initiatives;
  • appreciate the value of educational research to the school/college practitioner.

This chapter provides an examination of the need, for those working in schools and colleges, to develop and utilise research skills for their own personal professional development and organisational improvement. While this chapter will not tell you what to do or how to do it (later chapters will do that), it will provide you with an ...

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