The SAGE Handbook for Research in Education stimulates and encourages students, faculty, and educational practitioners, including individuals in education, government, and the private sector who conduct applied and policy-oriented educational research, to place the pursuit of ideas at the epicentre of their research-from framing meaningful problems to identifying and addressing key challenges to the reporting and dissemination of their findings.

What Knowledge Users Want

What knowledge users want

For decades, advocates of education reforms have sprinkled the term “research-based” liberally throughout their articles and speeches. Whatever the other attractive features of a new approach, whether it be peer teaching or the use of mathematics manipulatives, saying that the approach is “based on research” seems to add appeal. Until recently, these claims about the research basis went unquestioned, both by those listening and by those making the claims. The recent No Child Left Behind legislation, however, has linked federal funding to being “research-based” and even provided criteria for applying that label. These events make it seem as though research is a key factor in the decisions of policymakers and practitioners alike.

Ironically, those who study the connection between ...

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