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    Accounting for discrepancies in teachers’ attitudes towards evidence use and actual instances of evidence use in schools

    Brown, C. and Zhang, Dell (2017) Accounting for discrepancies in teachers’ attitudes towards evidence use and actual instances of evidence use in schools. Cambridge Journal of Education 47 (2), pp. 277-295. ISSN 0305-764x.

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    Abstract

    While beneficial, the consistent and regular use of evidence to improve teaching and learning is proving difficult to achieve in practice. This paper attempts to shed new light on this issue by examining the question: ‘If using evidence to inform teaching practice is rational behaviour, why aren’t all teachers engaged in it?’ It first explores whether the evidence-informed practice (EIP) beliefs and perspectives of teachers align with their evidence-use behaviours; second it assesses what factors prevent teachers/schools that wish to engage in EIP from doing so. Using a Gradient Boosted Tree predictive model to analyse data from a survey of 696 practitioners in 79 schools, the findings suggest that, to increase EIP, school leaders need to: (1) promote the vision for evidence use; (2) illustrate how research enhances aspects of teaching and learning; and (3) establish effective learning environments. School leaders’ broader commitment to EIP, and the interplay between EIP and accountability are also explored.

    Metadata

    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Evidence-informed practice, research use, knowledge mobilisation, rational behaviour, Gradient Boosted Tree predictive model
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Business, Economics & Informatics > Computer Science and Information Systems
    Research Centre: Birkbeck Knowledge Lab
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2016 14:59
    Last Modified: 27 Sep 2017 10:15
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/15622

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