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Eliciting student teachers' views on educational research to support practice in the modern diverse classroom: a workshop approach

McCartney, Elspeth and Marwick, Helen and Hendry, Gillian and Ferguson, Erin C. (2018) Eliciting student teachers' views on educational research to support practice in the modern diverse classroom: a workshop approach. Higher Education Pedagogies, 3 (1). pp. 342-372. ISSN 2375-2696

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Teachers’ professionalism includes using educational research to support their work in the modern diverse classroom. Student teachers’ views as they enter the profession are therefore important. Within a Higher Education Academy social science priority research strand, ‘Supporting research-informed teacher education in a changing policy environment’, this study developed work- shops to ascertain student teachers’ views on educational research, preparing materials suitable for primary and secondary sectors. These could be updated, and used by other higher education courses. Face-to-face or email workshops asked participants about their current uses of educational research, and to read and comment upon one policy research extract and one ‘what works’ research review. Small-scale piloting suggested the workshops readily elicited views, and students identified some personal changes following participation. Participants were generally unfamiliar with the principles of ‘what works’ research. Thematic analysis suggested students considered educational research was often inaccessible, but wanted accessible research to inform their practice.