Search results for: McNamara Olwen
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Research Capacity-Building with New Technologies within New Communities of Practice: Reflections on the First Year of the Teacher Education Research Network
The present article focuses on a virtual research environment (VRE) and how it facilitated the networking of teacher educators participating in an Economic and Social Research Council-funded research capacity-building project. The authors argue that three main factors affected the use of the VRE, and in particular its wiki tool: the individual’s motivation to learn and to engage with (more) new technologies; the emerging dynamics of each research group as they developed shared working practices; and the institutional climates, which supported or discouraged the individuals’ engagement with both the technology and a regional Teacher Education Research Network that used this technology.
Updated: Sep. 04, 2016
Capacity = Expertise x Motivation x Opportunities: Factors in Capacity Building in Teacher Education in England
This article offers an initial account of the Teacher Education Research Network (TERN) designed to test a 'social practices' model for building an educational research infrastructure across England. Setting the initiative within the regional context of teacher education in the North West of England, the article describes elements of the project.
Updated: Nov. 10, 2009
A Critical History of Research Assessment in the United Kingdom and Its Post-1992 Impact on Education
This article presents a critical overview of the way in which higher education institutions (HEIs) in the UK have had their research activity subject to review. The article provides a broad outline of the key elements of the process. It focuses on the two more recent research reviews and their impact on the subject of education.
Updated: Nov. 09, 2009
In this article, the authors focus on the way in which politics and policy have impacted on one of the defining features of teacher education provision in England - that of 'partnership'. In particular the authors examine the way in which the concept and practice of partnership has been transformed in line with New Labour's 'Third Way' politics. In order to do this, the authors reflect on their recent evaluation of the National Partnership Project (NPP). This is an initiative established by the Training and Development Agency for Schools to increase the quality and quantity of schools' involvement in initial teacher education.
Updated: Feb. 12, 2009