Taking stock of educational research and the impact of the UK teaching and learning research programme

Christie, D.; (2009) Taking stock of educational research and the impact of the UK teaching and learning research programme. In: Education Science: Critical Perspectives. Transgressions: cultural studies and education, 49 . Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, pp. 25-40. ISBN 978-9087908454

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The Teaching and Learning Research Program (TLRP) has been by far the largest ever investment in educational research in the United Kingdom and certainly among the largest in the world. Its scale eclipses any other program of research ever before funded or managed by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). TLRP has provided coordination and support for over 700 educational researchers in some 70 project teams and almost 20 initiatives of cross program thematic analysis across the four countries of the UK. The first projects began empirical work in 2000 and the last project is presently expected to end in 2012. The total budget by the end of 2008 was some £43 million having drawn together contributions from a wide range of UK government bodies, principally the Higher Education Funding Council for England to which credit is due for imaginative initiation of the scheme and the largest share of the funding. The scope and ambitions of TLRP have grown very substantially from its inception in 1999, when around £10 million was invested. It has attempted to support cutting edge research aimed at making a significant impact on the quality of teaching and learning across the life course and in a wide range of learning contexts in all parts of the UK. It has aimed to encourage the engagement of a wide range of social science perspectives in addressing research questions arising from the field of education and at the same time enhance research capacity. A major feature of the approach advocated by TLRP has been a fundamental commitment to user engagement, particularly the close involvement of all relevant stakeholders in all phases and aspects of the research process.


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