Access for whom and to what? Problems in communicating research in the area of standards and qualifications
Candia Morgan (University of London, UK)
In this paper I wish to raise an ethical and practical issue about the communication and dissemination of research results in the public domain. Educational research is often criticised for failing to provide results that can be used to inform practice and educational researchers are criticised for failing to communicate with practitioners and policy makers. My concern is not so much with whether research is communicated “effectively” and can inform “evidence-based practice” (Slavin, 2002) as with the nature of the communication and with the recontextualisation of research outcomes as they move from the field of research into the fields of policy and practice.