It’s not that hard but it can’t be too easy: Conducting quality educational research in Australian schools

Robert Stevens, Shantha Liyanage , Pascal Tremblay

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Abstract

Each year educational jurisdictions receive hundreds of applications to conduct research in schools. This paper provides an insight into the processes that support the submission, review and approval (or not) of these research applications. These are likely to involve ensuring applications are of a high quality and feasible; that they address national and departmental priorities, meet the educational needs of students and/or, improve teacher professional practice and, ultimately have the potential to add to the evidence base which informs policy decisions. Further, the paper explores the ways in which mutually beneficial partnerships between education departments and researchers can be established, how researchers can access existing departmental data and how ethical practice is understood. In addition to ethical academic professional practice (as signed off by university-based Human Research Ethics Committees), there are departmental considerations, for example, informed consent for participation in research activities, the impact of "in-kind" support for research from school staff and students, and specific risks when researching children in the school context. Overall the paper raises challenges and opportunities for researchers working with education jurisdictions for improving the quality and relevance of educational research, particularly when conducted in the field.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNational Conference of the Australian Association of Research on Education
Place of PublicationSydney
PublisherAustralian Association for Research in Education
Pages1-7
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes
EventAustralian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Annual Conference 2012 - Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 2 Dec 20126 Dec 2012
Conference number: 2012

Conference

ConferenceAustralian Association for Research in Education (AARE) Annual Conference 2012
Abbreviated titleAARE
CountryAustralia
CitySydney
Period2/12/126/12/12

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Stevens, R., Liyanage , S., & Tremblay, P. (2012). It’s not that hard but it can’t be too easy: Conducting quality educational research in Australian schools. In National Conference of the Australian Association of Research on Education (pp. 1-7). Australian Association for Research in Education.