Educational innovation: challenges of conducting and applying research in schools

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Trimmer, Karen, Donovan, Jennifer and Flegg, Nicholas. 2020. "Educational innovation: challenges of conducting and applying research in schools." Donovan, Jennifer, Trimmer, Karen and Flegg, Nicholas (ed.) Curriculum, schooling and applied research: challenges and tensions for researchers. Cham, Switzerland. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 1-17
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Educational innovation: challenges of conducting and applying research in schools

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID2865
Book TitleCurriculum, schooling and applied research: challenges and tensions for researchers
AuthorsTrimmer, Karen (Author), Donovan, Jennifer (Author) and Flegg, Nicholas (Author)
EditorsDonovan, Jennifer, Trimmer, Karen and Flegg, Nicholas
Page Range1-17
SeriesPalgrave Studies in Education Research Methods
Chapter Number1
Number of Pages17
Year2020
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
ISBN9783030488215
9783030488222
ISSN2662-7345
2662-7353
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-48822-2_1
Web Address (URL)https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-48822-2_1
Abstract

Teachers in schools are constantly challenged by change and implementing innovative educational approaches to meet the needs of their students and the requirements of stakeholders. This book presents a careful selection of contemporary research into different ways in which researchers and teachers navigate the complex process of integrating new approaches to educational practice based on educational research based within the school system. The introductory chapter puts the case for the book, provides a brief review of the literature and provides the background to the researcher chapters which have been chosen to illustrate in more detail some of the tensions faced by teachers and researchers in the field. It also provides the reader with personal reflections of the editors about their own encounters with these problems whilst carrying out their own research in order to help demonstrate practically the nature of the difficulties. For example, the problems and challenges currently facing researchers in conducting research, including ethics, processes for gaining permissions from school systems and access to students/classrooms. It considers the perspectives of schools and teachers who face the impositions of research with a range of outcomes that may or may not be able to be applied or implemented in the face of complex policy and procedural requirements.

Keywordscurriculum, schooling, research, classroom context, educational innovation
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390102. Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
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Paper originally presented at 29th Australian Council of Health Physical Education and Recreation (ACHPER) International Conference 2015, 13-15 April 2015 (Record #27702).

Byline AffiliationsSchool of Education
School of Teacher Education and Early Childhood
Faculty of Education
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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