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Why education research needs working papers

Alice Sullivan.  British education journals often object to the early publication of research findings in the form of working papers (also known as preprints. But would greater use of working papers be beneficial for the health of education research in

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Queen’s Anniversary Prize: a time for reflection

Chris Husbands.  I’ve already written about my own departure from the IOE – leaving, in just a few weeks’ time, to become Vice Chancellor at Sheffield Hallam University. As we all know, leaving one job and starting another is  a

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Free school effects: an impartial review

Francis Green Do free schools raise the performance of nearby schools, as Policy Exchange have claimed, or is this a statistical mirage? There is a plausible argument that the opening of a free school in an area might spur other

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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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Posted in Teaching, learning, curriculum & assessment

Understanding impact: what does it actually mean?

Chris Husbands  Research changes lives. Somewhere along the way, every research project involves a question which is about making a difference to the way people think, behave or interact. In applied social science – the field in which the IOE

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