ERIC Number: EJ741984
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
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Reflecting on "What Works" in Education Research-Policy/Practice Relationships
Webb, Sue; Ibarz, Toni
Journal of Vocational Education and Training, v58 n2 p205-222 Jun 2006
There has been a policy push in several countries to encourage more evidence-based practice in education, although current knowledge shows that the relationship between education research and policy-practice is problematic. In spite of this, educational organizations have to respond to the challenges of globalisation with new pedagogic models to teach new things to new people in new ways. Therefore, researchers are being asked to consider new ways of relating with users. This article examines these "new ways" in the context of a policy initiative for English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in the UK where, as in other countries, there is a need to provide access to learning for migrants. A qualitative methodology has been used to reflect on the outcomes of a project that researched the experiences of learners and tutors in order to outline pedagogy for learning computer-based ESOL. Characteristics of research-policy relationships that "work" by building a researcher-user community of practice are identified.
Descriptors: Educational Research, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Computer Assisted Instruction, Educational Technology, Research and Development, Theory Practice Relationship, Qualitative Research
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom