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Quality use of research: considerations from Ireland and Australia for Irish leaders engaged in SSE


Murphy, G and Cutler, B and Gleeson, J and Rickinson, M and Walsh, L and Cirkony, C and Salisbury, M, Quality use of research: considerations from Ireland and Australia for Irish leaders engaged in SSE, Leadership Plus, (118) pp. 32-33. ISSN 1649-5888 (2021) [Professional, Non Refereed Article]

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The use of research in education is rapidly becoming a strong priority for educators, both in Ireland and internationally. Yet, very little is known about how and why educators use research in their practice. This not only poses unique challenges for school principals, who are often tasked with leading increased and improved integration of research into practice, but also for leadership teams who, as leadership is increasingly distributed, are tasked with the same responsibility.

Researchers from the Monash University Q Project have begun to shed light on what it means to use research well, in practice. Following the ideas raised in Gavin Murphy’s recent chapter in ‘Ireland’s Education Yearbook’, this article draws on recent Q Project findings to provide school principals with three initial considerations to encourage improved use of research in their schools.

However, time is necessary to access and review different sources of research and evidence for potential use in practice. As suggested by Murphy, the need to ‘promote time, space, and joined-up thinking about, and focus on, putting research into practice’ is critically important’. How schools go about doing this will depend on many factors unique to them – highlighting a second consideration for using research well - that research must be relevant to, or adapted for specific contexts.

Item Details

Item Type:Professional, Non Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Curriculum and pedagogy
Research Field:Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Policies and development
UTAS Author:Cirkony, C (Dr Connie Cirkony)
ID Code:155627
Year Published:2021
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2023-03-03
Last Modified:2023-03-03

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