The impact of educational research: alternative methodologies and conclusions

Bates, Richard 2002, The impact of educational research: alternative methodologies and conclusions, Research papers in education, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 1-6, doi: 10.1080/0267152022000031379.

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Title The impact of educational research: alternative methodologies and conclusions
Author(s) Bates, Richard
Journal name Research papers in education
Volume number 17
Issue number 4
Start page 1
End page 6
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2002-12
ISSN 0267-1522
Keyword(s) education research
Australia research
research policy
research impact
research practice
Summary Recent controversy regarding the nature, organization and impact of educational research in the UK (Hargreaves, 1996; 1997; 1999; Hammersley, 1997; Tooley, 1998; Hillage et al., 2000; Ball, 2001) seems to devote little attention to research on the impact of educational research. This paper examines a recent Australian report (The Impact of Educational Research, DETYA, 2000) in terms of both its conclusions and its methodologies. It suggests that the impact of educational research on both policy and practice is often complex and indirect rather than linear and straightforward and that the methodologies employed in assessing such impact need to be similarly complex. Moreover, it would appear that this particular research supports Atkinson's (2000) contention that the ways in which educational research is typically produced and utilized is as part of a complex conversation about a diversity of purposes, effects and judgements rather than a more technically oriented implementation of 'what works'.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/0267152022000031379
Field of Research 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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