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K-3 Teachers, teachers, values, educational research, practices


Educational research is a means by which teachers can stay up to date on the latest findings, strategies, and best practices in the field of education. Legislation, particularly the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), has outlined the need for educators to implement research and evidence-based practices into their teaching. Through the What Works Clearinghouse, educators have access to the latest research across educational fields. However, there is a well-documented research-practice gap between the amount of research available and educators putting it into practice in their classrooms. The purpose of this project is to learn more about the value teachers of kindergarten through third grade place on using educational research, how they are exposed to research throughout their careers, where they locate and access current research, how they implement research-based practices, plus their attitudes and feelings towards using educational research. Individual interviews and focus group sessions will look at educators’ relationships and experiences with using educational research and their commitment to lifelong learning. The data collected throughout interviews and focus groups can inform principals and superintendents on teachers’ research use. This could positively impact how districts present research to teachers and how they can apply the research into their teaching practices. Additionally, this project has the potential to help close the research-practice gap and provide insight to researchers conducting educational research on what is most beneficial and valued by educators. Lastly, this research could positively affect student outcomes as teachers apply new research-based methods and practices into their teaching to enhance student learning.

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Sherrie Bosse

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Curriculum & Instruction