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Twitter chat round-up: advice for NQTs on using research in the classroom
Our latest Twitter #NQTsurgery was all about education research – and our panel of experts had a huge supply of useful advice for teachers (old and new) who want to make sure their practice is evidence-based.
We've rounded up the highlights below, but you can check out the whole chat by looking at the #NQTsurgery on Twitter. Don't forget to visit EdResearch, our trove of summaries of and links to the latest findings. If you want to discuss your practice, debate ideas or share resources, visit EdTalk – our newly launched meeting place for teachers.
Where should NQTs begin with education research?
Ben Ward: If you are looking for a good way into how ed research can shape your practice, @C_Hendrick & @robin_macp's excellent book 'What Does This Look Like In The Classroom' would be a great place to start
And what are some good places to find reliable research?
Jill Berry: There are some useful digests out there. See this, for example, from @teacherhead https://teacherhead.com/2017/06/03/teaching-and-learning-research-summaries-a-collection-for-easy-access/ …
How should NQTs respond when dealing with seemingly contradictory research on a topic?
Ben Ward: It's then that the work starts - read the details; how was the study constructed, how have conclusions been drawn etc.? There are no silver bullets and little is 100% certain, that's the nature of ed research
When pushed for time, how much should NQTs be prioritising reading research?
Ben Ward: The 'focus on improving one thing' is the key for #NQTs here - you can't improve everything at once. So pick the area where you can have the biggest impact first (e.g. your AfL, your questioning or your direct instruction)
How should you go about implementing something that sounds like it could work in your classroom?
Ben Ward: Take the time to understand it first. What are the key ingredients to the approach, what needs to change in your practice and how will you enact that change?
@DrGaryJones and @jillberry102 have already mentioned the importance of ongoing evaluation
Are there any pieces of research that you would recommend?
Bradley Busch: I think if there is one study every teacher needs to know it would be this one...http://blog.innerdrive.co.uk/studies/1-the-one-about-memory …
this is also worth a look
http://www.cem.org/blog/what-is-worth-reading-for-teachers-interested-in-research/ … @ProfCoe
Jill Berry: @ChrisMoyse Research in 100 words posters https://chrismoyse.wordpress.com/2016/04/17/research-in-100-words/