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School educators' engagement with research: an Australian Rasch validation study


Gleeson, J and Cutler, B and Rickinson, M and Walsh, L and Ehrich, J and Cirkony, C and Cirkony, CL, School educators' engagement with research: an Australian Rasch validation study, Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability pp. 1-27. ISSN 1874-8597 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/s11092-023-09404-7


There are growing expectations in Australia and internationally that school educators will engage with and use research to improve their practice. In order to support educators to respond to such expectations, there is a need to be able to accurately assess the levels of educatorsí research engagement. At present, however, few psychometrically sound instruments are available. Drawing on two studies of Australian educators (n = 1,311) and utilising Rasch analysis, supported by confirmatory factor analysis, this paper reports on the development of a brief eight-item scale that demonstrates validity and reliability and evidenced unidimensionality in the second study. The scale is intended as a quick, easy-to-use tool for educators to gain insights into their beliefs about the value of engaging with research, their actions around using research, and their confidence in finding, interpreting, and judging the quality of relevant research. Notwithstanding the need for further testing, this paper argues that the scale has the potential to be applicable to other educational contexts and to contribute to future research into educatorsí research engagement and its assessment. The scale can also provide school and education system leaders, as well as evaluators and researchers, with data regarding educatorsí research engagement over time, allowing for research use supports and resources to be better targeted.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:research engagement, research use, school educators, scale, development, Rasch analysis, assessment
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:155628
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2023-03-03
Last Modified:2023-03-03

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