The Education Endowment Foundation has reported on two
studies that looked at using education research to improve teaching
Research into Practice
was a pilot intervention aimed at supporting teachers to use
evidence-based teaching and learning strategies to improve student
progress. The project ran for a year in ten primary schools in Rochdale
(north-west England). It involved professional development sessions and
direct consultant support to help teachers:
Have more positive views about the use of research for improving teaching and learning;
Apply education research findings in the classroom and at a strategic level; and
Establish a stronger culture of evidence-based inquiry and practice.
There were some positive changes in teachers’ attitudes toward
research. However, there was no evidence that teachers were more likely
to use research evidence to inform their teaching practice.
The Research Champions
project used a senior teacher based at one of five schools to work with
research leads, other teachers, and senior leaders to promote
engagement with research evidence. There were “audits” of school
research needs, research symposia for teachers, periodic research and
development forums, and personalised support. However, there was no
evidence that teachers’ attitudes toward research, or their use of
research, changed during the intervention.
Source: Research into Practice - Evidence-informed CPD in Rochdale and Research Champions (2016), Education Endowment Foundation.