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Educational Research

Engagement with up-to-date research and the impact of reading and training upon practice is a vital aspect of learning to teach (and developing as a teacher throughout your career). Access to this research has never been easier with institutions such as the Chartered College signposting relevant and effective research, books, conferences, Twitter feeds and new blogs helping teachers to access, digest, debate and adapt ideas. It truly is an exciting time to be working in education.

 

  • NFER (click here) - Educational Research, the journal of the NFER, was established in 1958. Drawing upon projects in universities and research centres worldwide, it is a leading forum for informed thinking on issues of contemporary concern in education. The journal is of interest to academics, researchers and those people concerned with mediating research findings to policy makers and practitioners. Educational Research has a broad scope and contains research studies, reviews of research, discussion pieces, short reports and book reviews in all areas of the education field.

  • researchEd - Click here. SSF SCITT highly recommend visiting researchED, the online home for anyone interested in educational research, what it means, and how it can - or can't - make a difference in the classroom. researchED is a grass-roots, teacher-led organisation aimed at improving research literacy in the educational communities, dismantling myths in education, getting the best research where it is needed most, and providing a platform for educators, academics, and all other parties to meet and discuss what does and doesn't work in the great project of raising our children. Browse their video archives of key voices in education talking about their research, their experiences of research, or their views on how we make the system better. You will also find short, introductory one-sheets on key educational topics, thinkers and controversies. Use them as springboards for further enquiry, or simply to familiarise yourself with the ideas that people are talking about. Sign up for their newsletter to make sure you know of any events in your area.

  • Education Endownment Foundation (EEF) - Click here. EEF. Their T&L Toolkit is a must - look for resources and much more here. Evidence based research.

  • Cambridge Assessment - Click here for a wealth of information and research on assessment. Cambridge Assessment conduct and publish authoritative research in order to validate, improve and develop their own assessments and services, and to influence thinking and policy on educational assessment both nationally and internationally. Sign up for useful alerts or browse the archives.

  • British Educational Research Association (BERA) - Click here. The blog is very useful - established to provide research informed content on key educational issues in an accessible manner, it produces and promotes short pieces that attract policy-makers, parents, teachers, educational leaders, members of school communities, politicians, and anyone who is interested in education today.