Source: Journal of Education for Teaching, Volume 35, Issue 4 November 2009, p. 391 - 408.
This article offers an initial account of the Teacher Education Research Network (TERN), a pilot education research capacity building project funded by the ESRC. This project was designed to test a 'social practices' model for building an educational research infrastructure across England.
The TERN project is still running at the time of writing, so it is not yet possible to offer a full evaluation or a theorized analysis of the project.
Setting the initiative within the regional context of teacher education in the North West of England, the article describes elements of the project. It also begins to explore their significance, drawing on early evaluation data. The article adapts Charles Desforges' equation of research capacity building as 'Capacity = expertise x motivation x opportunities' as a frame for this exploration.