I’ve noticed a growing interest in evidence-informed practice among learning professionals. Like many others, I want to ensure that the practices I use and advocate are effective and, wherever possible, grounded in quality research or evidence. I see a lot of research reports published and would like to stay abreast of them. I also want to improve my ability to critically review and assess the quality of research and reports. Ultimately I want to improve my practices using good quality research.
If you share my interest and motivation in regard to evidence-informed practice you may like to participate in #LnDReads – a research reading group that launches on 9 March 2020.
There was a strong response to a blog post I recently shared about this group on LinkedIn and Twitter so I hope to see an active discussion. If you missed my blog post, click here to find out more about this group and how it will run.
In March we’ll be discussing evidence-informed practice to help inform and prepare us to start reading research papers from 1 April.
March 2020 – What We’re Reading
How to Join In
To join in the discussion find my posts on LinkedIn or Twitter or search using #LnDReads. Simply reply in comments on either platform. The other option to participate is to join the live Zoom chat later in the month.
I will release these discussion questions all at once on LinkedIn. On Twitter I will release them over the course of a week (9 March, 12 March, 16 March).
1) To what extent is an evidence-informed practice used by the learning team in your organisation at the moment?
2) Comparing your current approach to examining ‘expert claims’ with Willingham’s five steps as outlined in the article, what would you say are your strengths and weaknesses of your current approach?
3) Why would the learning profession need to improve the use of evidence-informed practice? What might this look like? If you think we don’t need to improve the use of evidence-informed practice, what would you emphasise instead?
Zoom Chat Details
Live Zoom chat about this article will be held 24 March 7pm-8pm AEDT (Sydney/Melbourne time). This is 8am-9am GMT (London). You do not need to pre-register for this session – just join at scheduled start time. Please be on time – if the group is large we will split into sub-groups (aka Zoom Rooms).
Join Zoom Meeting – https://zoom.us/j/480536166
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Meeting ID: 480 536 166
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