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ERIC Number: EJ777854
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 50
ISSN: ISSN-0141-1926
Research-Capacity Building, Professional Learning and the Social Practices of Educational Research
Rees, Gareth; Baron, Stephen; Boyask, Ruth; Taylor, Chris
British Educational Research Journal, v33 n5 p761-779 Oct 2007
There have been numerous attempts in the past few years within education research--and social science research more generally--to alter the character of research practice(s). In particular, there has been a systematic effort to address perceived shortcomings in research practice through a series of "research-capacity building" initiatives, aimed at the restructuring of professional learning. In this article the authors explore empirically the ways in which different modes of professional learning are implicated in the social practices of education research. These considerations lead to the conclusion that the currently dominant approaches to research-capacity building are based on an underestimation of the difficulties in influencing the professional learning of educational researchers significantly and, thereby, changing the practices of educational research. More realistic expectations of these forms of research-capacity building, in turn, suggest the need to develop alternative approaches that acknowledge the exigencies of the current social organisation of educational research more fully. (Contains 2 tables and 12 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom