Using Educational Research to Inform Practice

A Practical Guide to Practitioner Research in Universities and Colleges

Author: Lorraine Foreman-Peck,Christopher Winch

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136942513

Category: Education

Page: 160

View: 1382

This book gives practical guidance on how educational research can inform professional practice. Written in a clear and accessible style, it details the way in which evidence based knowledge can be used to develop teaching and learning, bringing together a range of resources for all levels of reader but specifically designed to aid the progressive practitioner researcher. The authors draw on their experience of empirical work in education to provide thoroughly up-to-date reference material, including illustrative case studies, practical guidelines and exercises, and definitions of educational and research terms. The case studies and critical literature surveys have been chosen to demonstrate the use (and mis-use) of research evidence in thinking about a range of important topics in further and higher education, such as, learning styles, deep and surface learning, dyslexia in higher education, the assessment of group work, teaching critical thinking, problem based learning, and dissertation marking. Drawing on their philosophical backgrounds, the authors also address the much conceptual confusions which have led to scepticism regarding the wisdom or even the possibility of using research evidence to inform teaching. Other guidance includes: relating practitioner knowledge to educational research ethical and practical issues on research within the institution evaluating the strengths and limitations of research evidence researching ideas through the examination of case studies practitioner research and contributions to the knowledge base Using Educational Research to Inform Practice provides the necessary understanding for conducting research, thinking about its value and applying research evidence to practice in universities and colleges and therefore will be essential reading for those resource managers who are responsible for providing courses and support in higher education institutions. In addition, this book is particularly aimed at further and higher lecturers undertaking professional development courses and experienced and senior staff who wish to use research to improve management practices.

Practitioner Teacher Inquiry and Research

Author: Carolyn Babione

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118588738

Category: Education

Page: 336

View: 1510

Teacher inquiry helps improve educational outcomes Practitioner Teacher Inquiry and Research explores the concept and importance of the teacher practitioner, and prepares students in teacher education courses and programs to conduct research in the classroom. Author Carolyn Babione has extensive experience in undergraduate- and graduate-level teacher training and teacher inquiry coursework. In the book, Babione guides students through the background, theory, and strategy required to successfully conduct classroom research. The first part of the book tackles the "how-to" and "why" of teacher inquiry, while the second part provides students with real-life practitioner inquiry research projects across a range of school settings, content areas, and teaching strategies. The book's discussion includes topics such as: Underlying cultural and historical perspectives surrounding the teaching profession Hidden stereotypes that limit teacher beliefs about power and voice Current curriculum innovation and reflections on modern developments Practitioner Teacher Inquiry and Research successfully guides and encourages budding teachers to fully understand the importance of their involvement in studying and researching their classroom settings, giving a better understanding of how their beliefs and teaching practices impact classroom learning.

Learning Matters

The Transformation of US Higher Education

Author: Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz,Peter Sloat Hoff

Publisher: Archives contemporaines

ISBN: 2813000876

Category: Education, Higher

Page: 309

View: 5965

Higher education in the United States of America, considered by many to set a worldwide standard for broad access and high levels of excellence, has for many decades seen massive changes in its approaches to teaching and learning. Redesigning and transforming the way colleges and universities teach their students has been likened to reconstructing an airplane while it remains aloft. More than 4,000 US colleges and universities have met the challenge by analyzing major changes in student populations and introducing new instructional techniques that recognize the primacy of learning over teaching. This seemingly innocent but powerful transformation. acknowledging that teaching only matters as a means to the real end - learning - is powering a pedagogical revolution. The Learning Revolution in US higher education began when World War Il veterans flooded university classrooms. soon to be followed by their children, the American "Baby Boom." Overwhelming numbers of new students from new kinds of backgrounds flooded colleges and universities, forcing professors to rethink how they went about teaching these new generations. To handle the numbers, many new universities were created, and many established centers for teaching excellence to help professors adapt to new populations with new techniques. In the 1990s, higher education further professionalized the teaching craft via the Schlarship of Teaching and Learning. Research into how students learn and how to help them learn took its place alongside traditional academic research. Aided by a wave of new technologies, teaching centers and the scholarship of teaching and learning are transforming the university classroom as well as many new venues outside the classroom where learning now takes place. The resulting new pedagogical architecture now embraces every dimension of US higher education.

Philosophical Perspectives on Teacher Education

Author: Ruth Heilbronn,Lorraine Foreman-Peck

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118977777

Category: Education

Page: 216

View: 9202

Philosophical Perspectives on Teacher Education presentsa series of well-argued essays about the ethical considerationsthat should be addressed in teacher training and educationalpolicies and practices. Brings together philosophical essays on an underserved yeturgent aspect of teacher education Explores the kinds of ethical considerations that should enterinto discussions of a teacher’s professional education Illuminates the knowledge and understanding that teachers needto sustain their careers and long-term sense of well being Represents an important resource to stimulate contemporarydebates about what the future of teacher education should be

Action Research in Education

Learning Through Practitioner Enquiry

Author: Vivienne Baumfield,Elaine Hall,Kate Wall

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446272036

Category: Education

Page: 184

View: 442

Action Research in Education is an essential guide for any lecturer, teacher or student-teacher interested in doing research. This exciting new edition of a popular text is an important resource for any education professional interested in investigating learning and teaching. Building on the success of Action Research in the Classroom, the authors have revised, updated and extended this book to include examples from further and higher education. It maps out easy-to-follow steps for usefully applying an action research approach and is full of practical tips and examples of real practitioner research projects from a range of schools, colleges and universities. This book will help teachers to: - understand and apply practitioner inquiry - enhance their problem-solving skills - locate their own activity in a wider context - maximise opportunities to develop practice - evaluate the needs of their learners Clear, pragmatic and timely, this is a must-have text for all teachers and students of education. Vivienne Baumfield is Professor of Pedagogy, Policy and Innovation in the School of Education, University of Glasgow Elaine Hall is Lecturer in Research Methods, School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, Newcastle University Kate Wall is Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, Durham University

Student Success in Community Colleges

A Practical Guide to Developmental Education

Author: Deborah J. Boroch,Laura Hope,Bruce M. Smith,Robert S. Gabriner,Pamela M. Mery,Robert M. Johnstone,Rose Asera

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470606614

Category: Education

Page: 240

View: 5037

Student Success in Community Colleges As more and more underprepared students enroll in college, basic skills education is an increasing concern for all higher education institutions. Student Success in Community Colleges offers education leaders, administrators, faculty, and staff an essential resource for helping these students succeed and advance in college. By applying the book's self-assessment instrument, colleges can pinpoint how their current activities align with the most effective proven practices. Once the gaps are identified, community college leaders can determine the best strategic direction for improvement. Drawing on a broad knowledge base and illustrative examples from the most current literature, the authors cover organizational, administrative, and instructional practices; program components; student support services and strategies; and professional learning and development. Designed to help engage community college leadership and practitioners in addressing the practices, structures, and obstacles that enhance or impede the success of basic skills students, the book's strategies can be tailored to various institutional levels, showing how to unite faculty, staff, and administrators in a cooperative effort to effect institutional change. Finally, Student Success in Community Colleges reveals how investing in a comprehensive basic skills infrastructure can be a financially sustainable model for the institution as well as substantially beneficial to students and society. "This is a most unusual and valuable book; it is packed with careful analysis and practical suggestions for improving basic skills programs in community colleges. Compiled by a team of practicing professionals in teaching, administration, and research, it is knowledgeable about what has been done and imaginative and practical about what can be done to improve the access and success of community college students."—K. Patricia Cross, professor of higher education, emerita, University of California, Berkeley "For its first hundred years the community college was committed primarily to access; in its second hundred years the commitment has changed dramatically to success. This book provides the best road map to date on how community colleges can reach that goal."—Terry O'Banion, president emeritus, League for Innovation, and director, Community College Leadership Program, Walden University "This guide is the most comprehensive source of information about all facets of basic skills or developmental education. It will be invaluable not just to community college educators across the nation, but also to those in high schools and four-year colleges who share similar problems."—W. Norton Grubb, David Gardner Chair in Higher Education, University of California, Berkeley

A Guide to Fundraising at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

An All Campus Approach

Author: Marybeth Gasman,Nelson Bowman III

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136730389

Category: Education

Page: 200

View: 6516

Winner of the 2012 CASE John Grenzebach Award for Outstanding Research in Philanthropy for Educational Advancement A Guide to Fundraising at Historically Black Colleges and Universities is a comprehensive, research-based work that brings the best practices and expertise of seminal professionals to the larger Black college environment and beyond. Drawing on data-driven advice from interviews with successful Black college fundraisers and private sector leaders, this book gives practitioners a comprehensive approach for moving away from out-of-date approaches to improve their institutions. This practical guide includes: An All Campus Approach—Discussion goes beyond alumni fundraising strategies to address the blended role that faculty, administrators, and advancement professionals can play to achieve fundraising success. Practical Recommendations—End-of-chapter suggestions for quick reference, as well as recommendations integrated throughout. Best Practices and Examples—Data-based content to strengthen fundraisers’ understanding of institutional advancement and alleviate uncertainties. Examples of Innovative Approaches—An entire chapter outlining successful innovative fundraising and engagement programs at various institutions. Extensive Appendices—Useful resources related to grant procurement, endowments, alumni giving, enrollment and retention, financial aid, and other helpful HBCU information. Both newcomers and seasoned professionals in the HBCU fundraising arena will benefit from the compelling recommendations offered in A Guide to Fundraising at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Practitioner Research for Educators

A Guide to Improving Classrooms and Schools

Author: Viviane Robinson,Mei Kuin Lai

Publisher: Corwin Press

ISBN: 9780761946847

Category: Education

Page: 220

View: 7644

Appropriate for novice and experienced educators alike, this indispensable book explains how practitioner research can be used to solve instructional problems and improve student achievement.

Practitioner's Guide to Using Research for Evidence-Based Practice

Author: Allen Rubin,Jennifer Bellamy

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 111823880X

Category: Psychology

Page: 388

View: 4872

Praise for the previous edition "An extraordinary and important book. Its approach toevidence-based practice (EBP) is very sound, realistic, andgenerous to the complexities of everyday practice. Reading andusing this book is a must." —Haluk Soydan, PhD, School of Social Work, Universityof Southern California "This book has the potential to change practice in the helpingprofessions. Rather than focusing on how to conduct research,Practitioner's Guide to Using Research for Evidence-BasedPractice instead shows readers how to understand theliterature.... [The] generous use of humor and the inclusion ofsimple, practice-relevant examples make this book a pleasure toread." —Aron Shlonsky, PhD, Faculty of Social Work, Universityof Toronto "I particularly like the integration of research methods andEBP; this is the book's major innovation in my mind as it allowsreaders to see the connections between research and practice. [Thebook] also succeeds by taking very complex EBP principles andexplaining them in practical terms." —Jeffrey M. Jenson, PhD, Graduate School of SocialWork, University of Denver Hands-on guidance for research-informed practice andpractice-informed research Now in a second edition, Practitioner's Guide to UsingResearch for Evidence-Based Practice offers aclinician-oriented approach to appraising and using research aspart of the EBP process. This accessible guide presents essentialand practical guidance on how to integrate research appraisal intoEBP endeavors to determine which interventions, policies, andassessment tools are supported by the best evidence. It introduces: Increased attention to macro-level EBP questions andstudies New discussion on defining EBP, including the addition of atransdisciplinary model of EBP More detailed guidance on EBP question formulation andconducting Internet searches, including the PICO framework New content on multivariate designs, including propensity scorematching, and on mixed-model and mixed-methods studies

Qualitative Research in Education

Author: Liz Atkins,Susan Wallace

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446268071

Category: Education

Page: 272

View: 1268

This accessible and practical book is a perfect quick guide for postgraduate researchers in education. Looking at the interdependence of teaching and research, the authors show that a critical and analytical exploration of policies and practices is a necessary part of what we mean by being a 'professional' in education. Drawing on the authors' substantial experience of teaching research skills at postgraduate level, as well as on their own experiences as active researchers, the book will guide you through: - discourse analysis - visual methods - textual research - data collection and analysis This co-authored book is structured around a range of methods applicable to educational research and appropriate for use by practitioners at all stages of their professional development. It takes recognisable, 'real life' scenarios as its starting point for each discussion of method, so that readers are able to start from the known and familiar. As well as exploring theoretical aspects of research method, each chapter provides practical tasks and points for discussion and reflection. These approaches, taken together, are designed to build confidence and encourage reader engagement and enjoyment. Liz Atkins is a lecturer and researcher in education at the University of Huddersfield. Susan Wallace is Professor of Continuing Education at Nottingham Trent University. Research Methods in Education series: Each book in this series maps the territory of a key research approach or topic in order to help readers progress from beginner to advanced researcher. Each book aims to provide a definitive, market-leading overview and to present a blend of theory and practice with a critical edge. All titles in the series are written for Master's-level students anywhere and are intended to be useful to the many diverse constituencies interested in research on education and related areas. Other books in the series: - Using Case Study in Education Research, Hamilton and Corbett-Whittier - Action Research in Education, McAteer - Ethnography in Education, Mills and Morton For more about the series and additional resources visit the BERA/SAGE series page here.

Practical Approaches to Using Learning Styles in Higher Education

Author: Rita Stafford Dunn,Shirley A. Griggs

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780897897037

Category: Education

Page: 269

View: 8570

The first book that shows professors of higher education how to use learning-style approaches in their college classrooms.

Research Methods and Applications for Student Affairs

Author: J. Patrick Biddix

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1119299705

Category: Education

Page: 352

View: 9695

A COMPREHENSIVE RESOURCE FOR UNDERSTANDING AND APPLYING RESEARCH METHODS Research Methods and Applications for Student Affairs offers students and professionals in the field an authoritative and accessible guide to help navigate research in student affairs. This comprehensive resource on research methods instruction clearly shows how to interpret the various forms of research, how to be critical as a research consumer, and how to use research to inform practice. Author J. Patrick Biddix—a noted scholar and expert in the field—presents a detailed overview of three qualitative-focused and four quantitative-focused research methods. The text reviews the basics of these qualitative and quantitative approaches and explores how to differentiate the major types of research as well as how to understand, read, evaluate, and apply results. Biddix also includes important information on using mixed methods approaches. The user-friendly text includes insights on key issues, as well as descriptions of the individual sections that comprise research studies. Also included is an overview of ethical considerations that apply specifically to student affairs. Research Methods and Applications for Student Affairs is an essential guide for enhancing research methods' skills, and offers direction for applying those skills in actual work situations. PRAISE FOR RESEARCH METHODS AND APPLICATIONS FOR STUDENT AFFAIRS "Comprehensive, practical, and context-specific, this resource provides both practitioners and students with a guide to understanding, using, and designing research in student affairs." —Laura Dean, Professor, University of Georgia, College Student Affairs Administration "Student affairs practitioners are faced with an environment in which they are challenged to demonstrate through research studies that their programs, activities, and learning experiences contribute to student learning and growth. This volume offers an excellent foundation as they seek to advance their research skills." —John H. Schuh, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Iowa State University "A must-have resource for any student affairs practitioner-scholar trying to better understand the often 'unconsumed middle' of research articles—the methods and results/finding sections. A useful guide, with concrete examples on how to read and dissect research articles." —Matthew R. Wawrzynski, Associate Professor and Coordinator, Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education, Michigan State University

The Lecturer's Toolkit

A practical guide to assessment, learning and teaching

Author: Phil Race

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317662954

Category: Education

Page: 286

View: 4901

The Lecturer’s Toolkit is a wide-ranging, down-to-earth, practical resource for lecturers and teachers in universities and colleges. Jargon-free and written with authority, clarity and candour, the Toolkit addresses a broad range of aspects of assessment, feedback, learning and teaching, and helps develop many facets of professional practice. Built around a central agenda of improving the quality of student learning, the Toolkit is outcomes-focused. Building on the strengths of its predecessors, this fourth edition includes strengthened emphasis on assessment and feedback, and designing large-group teaching for the digital age, when students can get easy access to a vast range of learning resource materials online. Coverage includes: how students really learn; designing assessment and feedback to enhance learning; lectures in the digital age; making small-group teaching work; resource-based learning in the digital age; looking after yourself; challenges and reflections. Fully updated and expanded, this fourth edition of the Toolkit will be an essential and flexible resource for every higher education professional.

The Paramedic'S Guide To Research: An Introduction

An Introduction

Author: Griffiths, Pauline,Mooney, Gail

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education (UK)

ISBN: 0335241352

Category: Medical

Page: 184

View: 8316

A practical and no nonsense guide to the sometimes daunting world of research and evidence-based practice.

Self-fulfilling Prophecy

A Practical Guide to Its Use in Education

Author: Robert T. Tauber

Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group

ISBN: 9780275955038

Category: Education

Page: 184

View: 4830

This text examines teachers' expectations of students, and how the self-fulfilling prophecy works in education. It contains over 700 articles on stereotyping, perceptions of social differences, race, gender, features, age and special needs, and the impact on a student to their benefit or detriment.

Learning to Teach Mathematics in the Secondary School

A Companion to School Experience

Author: Sue Johnston-Wilder,Peter Johnston-Wilder,David Primm

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415342827

Category: Education

Page: 299

View: 9036

This book covers a wide range of issues in the teaching of mathematics and, importantly, gives supporting activities to the student to enable them to translate theory into practice.

Handbook of Teaching for Physical Therapists - E-Book

Author: Gail M. Jensen,Elizabeth Mostrom

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN: 1455706019

Category: Medical

Page: 304

View: 5422

Whether you are practicing in an in-patient or an out-patient facility, academic institution, or clinical residency program, this well-respected handbook gives you the background and guidance you need to effectively educate individuals across the continuum of physical therapy practice. Practical, real-life examples show you how to: incorporate health literacy and needs of the learner; assess and adapt to the various learning styles of patients; use simulations in education; facilitate the development of clinical reasoning skills; and assess learning outcomes and the effectiveness of your teaching. Plus, four all-new chapters and major revisions of all content throughout the book keep you on top of the latest research and best practices. Coverage of the theory and application of educational principles across the continuum of PT practice provides the information you need to improve your skills in the educational process both in academic and clinical settings. Two section format divides content into two parts: designing academic and clinical education programs and teaching students in academic and clinical settings; and teaching patients and families in clinical and community settings. Variety of teaching and teaching assessment methods expands your teaching, learning, and assessment repertoires. Case stories at the beginning of each chapter allow you to see the relevance of the information in the chapter. Threshold concepts highlight key ideas that are important to know. Annotated bibliography at end of each chapter provides resources for further study. NEW! Chapter on Authentic Assessment: Simulation-Based Education reflects the new ways to facilitate student learning through the use of human simulation models. NEW! Chapter on Strategies for Planning and Implementing Interprofessional Education covers the fundamental concepts of team-based care and interprofessional learning. NEW! Chapter on What Makes a Good Clinical Teacher? translates current research on clinical teaching into clinical education and practice. NEW! Chapter on Facilitating the Teaching and Learning of Clinical Reasoning helps you apply current research on clinical reasoning in rehabilitation to clinical education and teaching. NEW! Two combined chapters on Patient Education and Health Literacy (previously chapters 8 and 12) and Applied Behavioral Theory and Adherence: Models for Practice (previously chapters 9 and 10) provide focused presentations on current thinking and practical strategies for addressing health literacy issues in the clinical environment. NEW! Expanded chapter on Post-Professional Clinical Residency and Fellowship Education offers more information on models and trends in residency education and mentoring.

Professional Practice in Paramedic, Emergency and Urgent Care

Author: Valerie Nixon

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118488229

Category: Medical

Page: 240

View: 6173

Professional Practice in Paramedic, Emergency and Urgent Care explores a range of contemporary relevant topics fundamental to professional practice. Written for both pre- and post-registration paramedic students, it is also ideal for existing practitioners looking to develop their CPD skills as well as nursing and other health professionals working in emergency and urgent care settings. Each chapter includes examples, practical exercises and clinical scenarios, helping the reader relate theory to practice and develop critical thinking skills Covers not only acute patient management but also a range of additional topics to provide a holistic approach to out-of-hospital care Completion of the material in the book can be used as evidence in professional portfolios as required by the Health and Care Professions Council Professional Practice in Paramedic, Emergency and Urgent Care is a comprehensive, theoretical underpinning to professional practice at all levels of paramedic and out-of-hospital care.

Residents’ Teaching Skills

Author: Janine C. Edward, PhD,Joan A. Friedland, MD, MPH,Robert Bing-You, MD, MEd, FACP

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780826115690

Category: Medical

Page: 280

View: 3798

"The editors have collected an impressive array of practical material that will guide any academic medical center in the development of a more focused approach to "teaching the teachers." From learning theory and program development to teaching performance evaluation and specialty-specific materials, Residents' Teaching Skills covers all the bases. I commend this volume to the attention of medical educators everywhere, and residency program directors in particular." --from the Foreword by Jordon J. Cohen, MD, President, Association of American Medical Colleges This book provides practical guidance to plan, organize, and run a teaching skills program for medical residents. Readers will find that Part Two offers exact materials for course use, including modules for use with pediatric residents, teaching clinical procedures, works rounds, and role play, plus evaluation forms that can be used as written or customized to fit a particular program.

Reframing Educational Research

Resisting the 'what works' agenda

Author: Valerie Farnsworth,Yvette Solomon

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135069662

Category: Education

Page: 248

View: 3635

Possibilities for the use of research in educational practice are often written off due to the history, politics and interests of the ostensibly separate worlds that researchers and practitioners occupy. However, a more optimistic account highlights the ways these communities share a common need for practice-based theories, which enable them to make sense of a wide range of issues in education, including pedagogy, learning, and educational equity. In applying theory to situated accounts of various educational practices and learning contexts, this book explores mistaken assumptions about the ways that research can ‘inform’ or otherwise impact practice. It problematises a ‘what works’ agenda but also points to potentially more productive research-practice relationships in education. Experienced contributors describe how they have used a variety of context-sensitive theoretical approaches in the socio-cultural and discursive traditions to both understand practice and address a wide range of practical issues in education. At its core Reframing Educational Research challenges two commonly held assumptions: that "best practice" is readily identifiable in a way that is then transferrable to new contexts for use by practitioners more widely, and that theory will not help with what to do on Monday morning in the classroom or in developing policies with direct and visible impact. Drawing on the experience of a number of highly respected expert contributors, including Mel Ainscow, Harry Daniels, Anna Sfard and Etienne Wenger-Trayner, the book discusses a range of issues that must be explicitly addressed if we are to make headway in developing a sustainable and productive relationship between research, policy and practice. The authors make it clear that the politics, policies, institutional practices, market systems and social dynamics currently at play in education have a tendency to derail the idealised pathway from research to reform. This book aims to move the discussion towards alternative, and potentially more fruitful, ways of linking research with practice. Reframing Educational Research is an invitation to all researchers to identify new opportunities for advancing theory and practice in education. It is a must-read for all practitioners and researchers in education.