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Learning Together: Evaluating and improving Further Adult and Vocational Education through practice-focused research

Gregson, Margaret and Spedding, Patricia (2018) Learning Together: Evaluating and improving Further Adult and Vocational Education through practice-focused research. In: Proceedings of the European Conference on Educational Research (ECER), Vocational Education and Training Network (VETNET). CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 1 . Vocational Education and Training Network VETNET, Bern, pp. 165-172. ISBN 9781723598005

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This paper argues that the relationship between educational research and educational practice
cannot be reduced to the simple application of knowledge gained from research conducted by
others. It contends that far from teachers being passive consumers of knowledge produced by
others, often in the form of ‘blueprints’ or ‘recipes’ for good practice, teachers are in fact creators
of new educational knowledge as well as potential generators of and contributors to educational
theory. It asserts that the new learning involved in putting an idea, concept or theory
from educational research into educational practice is a process of inquiry and therefore an
important and legitimate form of educational research. The paper discusses how an approach
to the continuing professional development of teachers, based upon practice-focused educational
research and inquiry-based pedagogy, coupled with a programme of dedicated research
support, can enable teachers to produce significant, well-theorised and systematic educational
research, leading to improvements in educational practice. This paper concludes that a practicefocused
and inquiry-based model of educational evaluation and improvement offers education
and policy professionals in the Vocational Education and Training sector (and potentially in the
schools sector) an alternative to current technical-rational, top-down approaches to inspection
and improvement in educational contexts.

educational evaluation, educational improvement, educational research, further, adult and vocational
education (FAVE).

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Depositing User: Margaret Gregson


Item ID: 10881
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ISSN: ISBN: 978-1723598005
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Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2019 10:23
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2021 10:30