Who Are The Beneficiaries Of Our Educational Research?

Year: 2005

Author: Sullivan, Peter

Type of paper: Refereed paper

Educational research can have an audience, beneficiaries, and casualties, and researchers need to make active decisions about each. This paper argues that it is more productive for educational researchers to conceptualise their work in terms of these decisions, rather than whether it adheres to the tenets and norms of some esoteric paradigm. Particularly in an era of greater scrutiny from practitioners and funding agencies, including governments, we need to be especially explicit about the beneficiaries. To illustrate both policy and practical considerations of such an approach, examples are given from both an educational research policy development exercise, and a currently funded classroom based research project.