This interdisciplinary project uses an innovative blend of digital and established methods to explore teachers’ experiences of accessing, exchanging and engaging with research, to trace the movements of pieces of research evidence, and to investigate the role of individuals, organisations, texts and technologies in brokering research. We are interested, for example, in the role of educational leaders, literacy charities, independent consultants, social media influencers, school and national policy, algorithms and hashtags).
We also want to find out whether some kinds of research move more easily than others, and whether, and if so how, the key messages from research studies change as they move between research brokers and teachers. We will build on the project’s findings to develop new opportunities for teachers to engage with research and with literacy researchers, and produce materials for use by teachers, schools and student-teachers that provide opportunities for critical engagement with a wide range of literacy research.
The project’s findings will have implications for all those with interest in the relationship between research and literacy education (e.g. educators, school leaders, policy-makers, literacy charities, teacher educators and other educational organisations).
For further details or to get involved, see our project website