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Teacher-Led Research

Designing and implementing randomised controlled trials and other forms of experimental research

By: Richard Churches & Eleanor Dommett

Price: CAD $24.95


Imprint: Crown House Publishing

176 Pages

8.74 X 7.17 ins

ISBN:  9781845909901 -- Paperback

Publication Date: 01/13/2016

Teacher-led research can transform practice and enhance attainment and school improvement. Teacher-Led Research equips teachers with the essential knowledge to design their own classroom research projects. With knowledge of scientific method, teachers can conduct their own research into areas of particular interest in their classrooms, taking control of education research and using it to inform their practice. Teachers can, for example, assess the impact of different pedagogies and prove which strategies work, which can ultimately enhance learning and attainment for pupils and drive whole-school improvement. New and innovative approaches led by teaching schools (outstanding schools following the model of teaching hospitals) are beginning to apply the same approaches used in clinical practice to their school improvement focused research work. In Teacher-Led Research you will learn how to apply similar approaches within your own classroom and in collaboration with others across different schools.

Teacher-Led Research is a how-to guide for teachers, whether they use the term evidence-based, evidence-informed, evidence-engaged or evidence-led to describe the way they think about the challenge of making a difference to the learners they teach. Richard and Eleanor take teachers through the process of designing, implementing and writing up a study, encouraging them to focus on how they could apply this to their own context and interests. Teacher-Led Research provides an introduction to scientific method and guides teachers from research question to hypothesis, covers designing experimental research and implementing a study, and introduces the statistical concepts needed to analyse and write up research, enhancing teachers' research literacy. Finally, it provides a guide to interpreting findings and writing up research. This is an essential guide for anyone wanting to conduct their own randomised controlled trials, carry out their own classroom-based studies, collaborate with other schools on projects or just better understand teacher-led research and what it could mean for their practice.

This book will be of interest to anyone who is involved in school-level practitioner research, or who wishes to develop their skills in this area. It will also be of interest to teachers who are beginning university education qualifications.

Richard Churches is Principal Adviser for Research and Evidence Based Practice at Education Development Trust (formerly CfBT Education Trust), the world leading education consultancy. He has been a government adviser for 13 years and has worked on education programmes and teacher training in a wide range of countries, including Bahrain, India, Malaysia, Oman, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, South Africa and the UAE. Richard is currently technical director for Closing the Gap; Test and Learn, the DfE/National College for Teaching and Leadership programme which is delivering 7 large-scale randomised controlled trials with 5 replications. The programme is working through 200 teaching schools and 700 trial site schools. Richard also trains teachers in experimental research design in England, Wales and Dubai using the Education Development Trust 'Team Science Education' approach. Richard has conducted a wide range of education research for Education Development Trust. His PhD research explores the relationship between charismatic influence, hypnosis and altered states of consciousness.

Eleanor Dommett has a degree in Psychology from Sheffield University, an MSc in Neuroscience from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience in London and a doctorate in Neuroscience from Sheffield University. During this time she became an Open University tutor, teaching Biological Psychology before moving to Oxford to take up a postdoctoral position at the Dept of Pharmacology. She joined the Open University in 2009 as a Lecturer in Psychology. In 2015 Eleanor joined KCL as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology to teach on the new BSc Psychology.


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