This unit assumes that carrying out educational research is a good thing. Basing decisions about how to teach on evidence from previous teaching will lead to improvements. Ideally teachers should work in groups to design research and collect evidence so that their work has more impact.
The purpose of this unit has been to provide an introduction to research – how to design a project, how to think about the ethical issues and what the sources of data might be. The emphasis has been on the design; the reading list below will provide more information on the details surrounding data collect and analysis.