- How many people did the study look at?
- Did the research look at children or adults?
- In what context did the research take place, and is this comparable to your context?
- Did the study take place in a controlled laboratory setting or in a real classroom?
- What do other researchers say about it?
- How old is the study? If the research is very recent, there may not have been time for other researchers to replicate the findings or to evaluate it.
TaskReviewing researchImagine that you have just been presented with the following research report, for example in a staff development session or briefing email:
- Vignoles et al. (2015) Mathematics Mastery: Primary evaluation report. Education Endowment Foundation.Using the information provided in the executive summary of the report (available on the webpage linked above), compare the research context to your own context. Pick one or two of the questions we introduced above the task to answer, and post your thoughts below.What further questions might you need to explore when thinking about applying that research to your own teaching context?
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