Making science education evidence based? reflections on a Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP) study

Traianou, Anna and Hammersley, Martyn (2008). Making science education evidence based? reflections on a Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP) study. Oxford Review of Education, 34(4) pp. 461–481.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/03054980701751440

Abstract

There are some important ambiguities in discussions about the implications of ‘evidence‐based practice’, both for educational research and for the work of teachers. In this paper we explore several of these through examining the Evidence‐based Practice in Science Education (EPSE) study—part of the Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP), a major UK research initiative that is explicitly committed to improving the contribution of educational research to policymaking and practice. The field of science education is in some ways a critical case, given that the notion of evidence‐based practice treats scientific research as a privileged source of evidence. We examine the assumptions built into the EPSE study, and how these relate to the classical medical model of evidence‐based practice, and to some other approaches to educational research that are concerned with closing the gap with practice.

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