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What is educational research?

What is educational research?

By the end of this chapter you will be able to answer the following:

  • What is education?
  • What is research?
  • What is educational research?
  • How does educational research relate to the teacher standards?
  • How does educational research relate to the headteacher standards, and why is this important?
  • What should I do now?

There are four words in the title of this chapter. Out of the four words, the two predominant ones will be discussed individually before the holistic term ‘educational research’ is defined. You may well have completed a module on educational research which would have provided you with considerable depth into this topic. This chapter will therefore look briefly at the terms ‘education’ and ‘research’ before progressing to discuss the overarching themes within ...

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