What gets what works working?

In the UK, one of the largest trials ever conducted in education is looking at how we can get research used in the classroom. Jonathan Haslam explains more

Enthusiastic readers of Better know the value of research in their practice. In a survey in 2012, around 50% of Better readers said they had used the magazine to run professional development activities, with the same proportion using it to decide on a school improvement process. So, can something as simple as a magazine really make a difference to children’s outcomes in schools? Previous research has suggested it might. A study looking at the impact of providing evidence-based advice for teachers about how to teach learners with ADHD-like behaviour found that it had a positive impact on children’s attitudes and behaviour. The effect was small, but given that such an intervention is cheap, even a small effect can be cost-effective.

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December 2014