An Ecosystem for Research-Engaged Schools: Reforming Education Through Research

David Godfrey (Editor), Christopher David Brown (Editor)

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Looking at the potential for research-use by educators to improve schools for all young people, An Ecosystem for Research-Engaged Schools presents a range of ground-breaking research and fascinating case studies. It carefully explores the elements and dimensions of research-engaged schools using an ecosystems perspective to study the layers and interconnections that occur amongst the people and institutions that exist within the ecosystem. Allowing the reader to consider how to ensure independent elements of the ecosystem are maintained to ensure an effective balance, this book brings together contributions from international experts working in a variety of fields such as school leadership, professional development and accountability.

Key issues facing the research-use ecosystem both theoretically and empirically are covered, with examples of innovative practice, new theories and value systems. It also provides an insight into the exciting possibility of such a system of learning and innovation in our schools where structures, cultures, practices and policies align to promote research-informed school improvement.

With chapters bringing together issues from different aspects of the system, this book:

• expands the analysis of evidence and research-informed practice, considering the wider environment within which it is undertaken

• shows the interplay and tensions between aspects of the ecosystem and illustrates how different aspects of the ecosystem affect evidence use

• reconciles all aspects of the ecosystem within the overarching framework which attempts to explain the complex totality of the ecosystem.

Designed to both challenge and infuse, An Ecosystem for Research-Engaged Schools truly bridges the gap between theory and practice. It will be an invaluable asset to those currently working in the area, allowing them to think more deeply about their work and the theoretical mechanisms that underpin it. Policy makers, practitioners and teachers will also find this book a fascinating read.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages240
ISBN (Print)9781138574458, 9781138574465
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2019


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