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New Challenges for Educational Research

New Challenges for Educational Research by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
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Complex societies and education systems require a sound knowledge base for teachers and policy makers. In contrast to other sectors such as the health sector, there has not been huge scientific progress in the education sector. While education researchers have contributed much to the improved understanding of problems in education, training and learning, they have often been criticized for not producing sufficient knowledge for application and action.

This report explores the first two OECD reviews ever on national educational R&D systems in England and New Zealand. It shows that OECD countries are increasingly taking innovative research initiatives in order to improve the knowledge base in education for teachers and policy makers.

Major changes are needed in the practice of teachers, researchers and policy makers in order to create a system-wide continuous improvement of the knowledge base. Teachers need to look beyond their schools for evidence and think rigorously about their practice. Policy makers need to “value” and apply research evidence in the development of policy and implementation. Researchers must work more closely with teachers to improve the knowledge base on education practices. These changes are beginning to take place in a number of OECD countries. 

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; January 2003
149 pages; ISBN 9789264100312
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Title: New Challenges for Educational Research
Author: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development