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Mapping educational research and exploring research impact: a holistic, multi-method approach
American Educational Research Association Annual Conference (2000)
  • Allyson Holbrook
  • Sid Bourke
  • John M Owen
  • Phil McKenzie, ACER
  • John Ainley, ACER
Abstract

This paper discusses the main analytical techniques used in "Mapping Educational Research and Its Impact on Schools." The study considered the impact of the outcomes of educational research on the practice of teaching and learning in Australian schools and on educational policy and administration. Mixed methods were used, beginning with a review of the literature and the exploration of the Australian Education Index (AEI) educational research database. Documents were collected from faculties of education in Australia, and questionnaires about the use of educational literature were developed for postgraduate students (n=1,267), school principals (n=73), and representatives of 72 professional associations. Interviews were then conducted with seven policymakers and selected respondents to the postgraduate student questionnaires. The study indicates that it is possible to use an existing database to monitor educational research in Australia. A clear majority of all three groups surveyed provided evidence of the awareness, acceptance, and valuing of educational research in Australia. Interviews with policymakers also showed the use of educational research in policy formation. The multiple perspectives of this study give a picture of the links between research and its use in schools and departments of education in Australia. An appendix summarizes the database descriptors from the database investigation. (Contains 3 tables, 3 figures, and 34 references.) (SLD)

Publication Date
April, 2000
Citation Information
Allyson Holbrook, Sid Bourke, John M Owen, Phil McKenzie, et al.. "Mapping educational research and exploring research impact: a holistic, multi-method approach" American Educational Research Association Annual Conference (2000)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/john_ainley/32/