Explore how engaging with research can transform your teaching practice
As an educator, research provides you with the opportunity to improve your teaching and better support your students. On this course, you’ll discover how to find education research, assess its quality, and apply its insights.
You’ll explore and evaluate research from a range of online and peer-reviewed sources as you learn to assess their reliability and usability. You’ll also discover powerful search techniques and learn to analyse your research findings.
Upon completion of this course, you’ll feel confident finding and engaging with research and applying it to your teaching practice.
What topics will you cover?
- Week 1. How might engaging with research transform your practice? Popular sources: Google search and its perils or how to go wrong on Twitter.
- Week 2. How might you go about locating research to inform your practice? Major research organisations and the research they do and promote.
- Week 3. How might you go about selecting the most significant research to engage with? Open access sources: finding great research that’s free.
- Week 4. How might you most effectively judge the research you come into contact with and move to implement? Is it any good and what does it tell me?
When would you like to start?
Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.
Who is the course for?
This course is designed for teachers who work in early years, primary, secondary and further education settings.
It will also be of interest to education professionals working outside of school settings.
Who developed the course?
University of Birmingham
The University of Birmingham is a public research university, consistently listed as a leading UK university and ranked among the top 100 in the world.
Chartered College of Teaching
The Chartered College of Teaching is the professional body for teaching in England. Since launching in 2017, it has been working to connect, inform and inspire teachers.