Education has continued to grow in stature and significance as an academic discipline. In addition to world renowned research studies the growth of education has been seen in the methodology and methods underpinning its research. The BERA/SAGE Handbook of Educational Research provides a cutting edge account of the research and methodology that is creating new understandings for education research, policy and practice. Over two volumes, the handbook addresses educational research in six essential components: Section 1: Understanding Research Section 2: Planning Research Section 3: Approaches to Research Section 4: Acquiring Data Section 5: Analysing Data Section 6: Reporting, Disseminating and Evaluating Research Featuring contributions from more than 50 of the biggest names in the international field, The BERA/SAGE Handbook of Educational Research represents a very significant contribution to the development of education.

Using Research Findings

Using Research Findings
Chris Brown


This chapter explores the extent to which policymakers and practitioners engage with research, their reasons for engaging (or not) and the controversies and implications that emerge as a result. It begins with an overview of ‘research-informed policy making'. In particular, I explore how evidence is thought to impact on policy, the benefits for policy development of using research evidence as well as examples of international initiatives that have sought to improve the use of evidence by policymakers. The section on policymaking concludes with a number of recent and prominent critiques of educational research as well as the reasons commonly given by policymakers for why there is not a greater take-up of research as ...

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