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Workshop 3: Creating national infrastructures to support evidence use

DAY ONE: Session 3: Parallel workshop sessions (14 May, 14.00 - 15.30)

Workshop 3: Creating national infrastructures to support evidence use: examples from Sweden and The Netherlands (Chairs: Eva Minten, Swedish National Agency for Education, and Ruud Strijp, The Netherlands Initiative for Education Research)

The aim of this workshop is to discuss educational infrastructures to sustain evidence informed decision-making by focusing on recent developments in two European countries. The presentations will provide information about the ways in which Sweden and The Netherlands try to link research and educational policy and practice, and illustrate this with examples from each country.

Discussion will focus on the following questions: What are the successes and challenges in Sweden and The Netherlands to link research and educational practice? What are the differences and similarities between both countries? What is going well and what should be organised better? There will be opportunities for the audience to ask questions, discuss the presentations and mention examples and challenges from their own countries at the micro, meso and macro levels.

Presentations:

Linda Sontag and Ruud Strijp: Information about the Netherlands Initiative for Education Research

The Netherlands Initiative for Education Research (Dutch acronym: NRO) was established in 2012 to bridge the gap between academic research and educational practice. The NRO focuses on counteracting the fragmentation of resources for educational research and providing a coherent long-term programme for academic research. Its mission is to coordinate the programming and funding of research into education. It also facilitates the use of research results in educational practice and policy. In this way the NRO contributes to innovations and improvements in education.

There are four programme councils within the NRO, three of them focusing on fundamental, policy-oriented and practice-oriented research respectively, and one intersecting with all three types of research. The NRO will develop its programme on the basis of questions from educational practice, educational policy and the academic field. It will encourage educational practitioners and policymakers to make greater and more frequent use of research results. The results from practice-based research, in particular, are apt for direct use and visible in educational practice.

General information about the NRO and the funding possibilities for research will be presented. In addition, the audience will have the opportunity to pose questions and exchange views - for example, on the principles, definition and execution of fundamental, policy-oriented and practice based educational research.

Eva Minten: Research and practice - the Swedish initiative to capacity building through dissemination of research

The importance of teachers and principals working strategically with scientific knowledge and proven experience is written into the Swedish Education Act of 2010.  What is meant by scientific knowledge and proven experience and how can we work more research based in the classroom? The Swedish National Agency for Education has carried out a model in supporting practitioners in their everyday work.

Linking research and educational practice: examples from The Netherlands

Linda Keuvelaar-van den Bergh: Teacher feedback during active learning

Linda Keuvelaar-van den Bergh will present her PhD research on teacher feedback. Giving feedback during active learning is an important, though very difficult, task for teachers. A professional development programme was developed, implemented and evaluated. Positive short term and long term results on teachers’ professional development were found. This research has a high impact on practice, both in the teacher education institute where Linda Keuvelaar-van den Bergh worked, as in the participating schools.
 
Anje Ros: Research in schools

Anje Ros will present a good example of the role research can play in school development. In this national project, student teachers and teachers carry out research projects in their own school to enhance the quality of their education in close collaboration with the teacher training institute. A research culture in the primary school teams is stimulated by this way of researching.

Linking research and educational practice: examples from Sweden

Tammi Nadel and Anna Pettersson: Opening windows on the world: the challenges of teaching and learning world literature

Reading world literature with students can be a complex task. According to the experience of a group of Swedish upper secondary teachers, students may encounter difficulties when reading world literature that they would not come across when reading western literature.  As example, students tend to read world literature in the same way that they read for example newspaper articles, as a reflection of reality. In other words, the students here display a difficulty in being able to read between the lines that have not been noticed before.

During a project 2012-2014 the teachers held focus group interviews and with those as basis designed, carried out, documented, and analysed a series of lessons on a theoretical basis with the purpose of developing student’s literacy on world literature. The project has contributed with pedagogical insights on several levels, which will be discussed.