Discover effective research methods and learn how to make use of education research in your role as a teacher or educator.
Explore how engaging with research can transform your teaching practice
As an educator, research provides you with the opportunity to improve your teaching and better support your students. On this course, you’ll discover how to find education research, assess its quality, and apply its insights.
You’ll explore and evaluate research from a range of online and peer-reviewed sources as you learn to assess their reliability and usability. You’ll also discover powerful search techniques and learn to analyse your research findings.
Upon completion of this course, you’ll feel confident finding and engaging with research and applying it to your teaching practice.
What topics will you cover?
- Week 1: How might engaging with research transform your practice? Popular sources: Google searches and its perils or how to go wrong on Twitter.
- Week 2: How might you go about locating research to inform your practice? Major research organisations and the research they do and promote.
- Week 3: How might you go about selecting the most significant research to engage with? Open access sources: finding great research that’s free.
- Week 4: How might you most effectively judge the research you come into contact with and move to implement? Is it any good and what does it tell me?
When would you like to start?
Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts.
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What will you achieve?
By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:
- Use effective search techniques to locate useful research using a variety of sources.
- Recognise the influence of bias or position on engagement with research.
- Analyse research and consider possible implications of findings for your context.
- Navigate research papers, identifying the significance of research findings.
- Carry out successful searches that lead to locating significant pieces of research.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for teachers who work in early years, primary, secondary and further education settings.
It will also be of interest to education professionals working outside of school settings.
Who will you learn with?
I am a Professor of Education at the University of Birmingham. My research explores education inequalities and links to policy, pedagogy, and identities as well as biosocial influences on learning.
I am the Head of the Department of Teacher Education at the University of Birmingham. I was Vice-Principal of UoB School in the set-up phase and have been involved in school improvement over many years.
I am the Head of Online Learning and Community at the Chartered College of Teaching. Prior to this role I taught English and led professional learning in Further Education settings.
Who developed the course?
University of Birmingham
The University of Birmingham is a public research university, consistently listed as a leading UK university and ranked among the top 100 in the world.
Chartered College of Teaching
The Chartered College of Teaching is the professional body for teaching in England. Since launching in 2017, it has been working to connect, inform and inspire teachers.
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