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Research‐capacity building, professional learning and the social practices of educational research

Rees, Gareth Meredydd, Baron, Stephen, Boyask, Ruth and Taylor, Chris 2007. Research‐capacity building, professional learning and the social practices of educational research. British Educational Research Journal 33 (5) , 761 - 779. 10.1080/01411920701582447

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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.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Publisher: Wiley
ISSN: 0141-1926
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 01:49

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