Researching Schools: Stories from a Schools-University Partnership for Educational Research

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-10-24
  • Publisher: Routledge

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There has been a debate in both academic and educational policy arenas around the generation and use of educational knowledge. In the UK this has led to many recent and far-reaching initiatives which aim to enhance the relationship between universities and schools and which also aim to develop new ways of supporting practitioner research and enquiry. Internationally there are similar trends particularly in the USA, Australia and Norway, which is about to invest considerable sums of money in generating new partnerships between universities and schools focused on educational research. This book presents the work of a highly innovative partnership between the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education and 8 secondary schools, over 6 years. The focus of this networked learning community has helped to define the use and production of educational knowledge and research both within and between various partners. This book explores the central questions and gives examples of the outcomes of thedevelopment that will assist any researchers, especially teachers undertaking research, to develop school-university research. Stories and examples from practitioners and others who worked directly in and with schools are presented throughout the book. This book will appeal to a wide audience of practitioners and academics: to all who are interested in how research and enquiry can be used to support the development of practice in schools.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations vii
List of contributors ix
Acknowledgements xi
Introduction: structure of the book 1(131)
1 The Schools—University Partnership in Educational Research: roots and branches
2 Arthur Mellows Village College: a SUPER case study
3 Chesterton Community College: a SUPER case study
4 Comberton Village College: a SUPER case study
5 Netherhall School: a SUPER case study
6 Queen Elizabeth's Girls' School: from teachers as researchers to students as researchers
7 St Ivo School: stories of research
8 Sharnbrook Upper School: stories of research
9 Soham Village College: from research question to policy development
10 Bridging and bonding: perspectives on the role of the university in SUPER 132(15)
11 The SUPER partnership: a case study 147(18)
12 Learning from stories of researching schools 165(17)
13 Reflections on schools—university research partnerships 182(17)
Glossary 199(2)
References 201(7)
Index 208

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