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Peterson, Amelia – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2016
As a systemic approach to improving educational practice through research, "What Works" has come under repeated challenge from alternative approaches, most recently that of improvement science. While "What Works" remains a dominant paradigm for centralized knowledge-building efforts, there is need to understand why this…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Evidence Based Practice, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries
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Chong, Pei Wen; Graham, Linda J. – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2013
International comparison is complicated by the use of different terms, classification methods, policy frameworks and system structures, not to mention different languages and terminology. Multi-case studies can assist in the understanding of the influence wielded by cultural, social, economic, historical and political forces upon educational…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Case Studies, Comparative Education, Educational Research
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Menter, Ian; Hulme, Moira – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2012
Drawing on the experience of carrying out a literature review commissioned to support the Review of Teacher Education in Scotland, this paper discusses the role of literature reviews within the movement for "evidence-based policy" making. The first part of the paper discusses the purposes of such reviews and some of the misconceptions…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Literature Reviews, Foreign Countries, Misconceptions
Gorard, Stephen – International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 2006
This paper reconsiders long-term, national or socially contextualized trends in a number of important education areas commonly addressed by policy interventions. These include widening participation, teacher training, school performance, the use of targets, and student assessment. In each case, it is very difficult to sustain an argument that…
Descriptors: Educational Trends, Educational Policy, Intervention, Policy Analysis