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Research into practice: a 5-point checklist

Chris Brown.  Last week, delegates to the American Educational Research Association held its enormous annual conference in Washington DC. Engaging with research and evidence as part of effective professional teacher development is an obvious topic for such a gathering of teachers, academics,

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School-university partnerships: fragile and fragmented, but still worth fighting for

Toby Greany It’s no great secret that partnerships between schools and universities are in a state of flux. Historical relationships are being reshaped by the push for a self-improving school-led system in England in particular, with the rapid expansion of

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Middle leaders as catalysts for change in schools: an active, collaborative process

Chris Brown and Louise Stoll Over recent years, there’s been greater awareness in England of the important role middle leaders – people such as department heads, key stage leaders or pastoral leaders – can play in school improvement. Middle leaders are

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Election silly season: is research an ornament, a luxury good or ammunition in a war?

Chris Brown As with many things in our Western consumer culture, research use may be conceived as an act of consumption. Correspondingly, research is often treated by its users as they would a consumer object, much like a coffee maker

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‘Knowledge exchange’ between researchers and practitioners must be a two-way street

 Louise Stoll and Chris Brown Both of us are fascinated by how research finds its way into policy and practice. Most researchers hope their findings will be used, but engaging people isn’t always easy or straightforward. It’s good to see

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