| RCBN Activities | References |
Examples | Links | Software
two least used research designs reported from the consultation exercise
were experimental and quasi-experimental designs. Although few individual
researchers identify a need to undertake such research there is a strong
belief by key stakeholders that such research should be given greater
encouragement in educational research. However, due to the problems of
traditionally defined experimental designs, such as randomised control
trials, it is felt that the RCBN should help to develop a more complex
intervention form of research design. As with some of the ideas for using
IT in research it may be that the RCBN plays a direct role in developing
expertise rather than the sharing of existing knowledge and skills. At
the core of developing complex intervention research designs should be
the combining of different research methods.
in researching educational interventions
RCBN has the resources to help provide immediate and direct consultation
from experts in researching educational interventions. The RCBN can
help identify the type of expertise you may require and who could provide
this. Alternatively, you may already have a good idea of the expertise
you require. In either case the RCBN can provide some of the resources
necessary to access and share such expertise. Please contact
the RCBN to discuss your particular requirements.
if you are able and willing to offer your expertise in researching educationa
interventions to other researchers then please contact
the RCBN. We can cover many of the costs incurred from assisting
other researchers in assessing educational interventions.
An on-line discussion board for this RCBN theme has been established.
To access this board, please click
and 8 June 2004 - Design and Analysis of Randomised Controlled Trials
(Friends House, London)
workshop, Friends House, London. Please click here
for further information.
May 2004 - Randomised Trials in Educational Research (Bonhill House,
One-day seminar. For further information, please click here.
November 2003, Action Research Conference, Cardiff University
by The Centre for Research in Health and Human Services (Cardiff University
School of Social Sciences). In association with the Health and Social
Care Research Support Unit and the ESRC Teaching and Learning Research
Programme, Research Capacity Building Network.
all with an interest in action research in the fields of health, education,
social care, criminal justice and other fields.
is growing and renewed interest in action research. This has been stimulated
from different directions, including: participatory and collaborative
approaches to research; user-led research; advocacy-based services;
feminist research and evaluation; practitioner research and the teacher
as researcher; reflective learning and learning organisations; government
and academic concerns about research impacts.
conference drew together people holding a variety of perspectives, and
working in a range of settings and traditions. It aims to build an active
dialogue between key stakeholders, and inform contemporary discussion
about how to facilitate good action research in health, education, social
care, criminal justice and other fields.
conference was free to all researchers associated with the TLRP. For
further information and a programme, click
Randomised control trials (RCTs): rationale, design and use in teaching
and learning research; 2-day training workshop (Glasgow); 15 places
Formative evaluation: seminar on design of interventions in teaching
and learning research; 2-hour seminar (attached to TLRP Annual Conference);
Complex interventions: their use and design in teaching and learning
research; 2-day training workshop (Cardiff); 15 places
Research Capacity journal
J (2002) What is applied research in education?
Building Research Capacity, 3, pp.7-10
E and Lesh, R (2002) Understanding and explicating the design experiment
methodology, Building Research Capacity,
L (2002) Research design for the rigorous evaluation of complex educational
interventions: lessons from health services research,
Building Research Capacity, 1, pp.4-5
P and Taylor Fitz-Gibbon, C (2002) Theories, hypotheses, hunches and
ignorance, Building Research Capacity,
Curriculum, Evaluation and Management Centre (CEM)
Centre is committed to applying the best standards of science to the
development and evaluation of policies.
The international Campbell Collaboration (C2) is a non-profit
organization that aims to help people make well-informed decisions about
the effects of interventions in the social, behavioral and educational
Child Health Unit , University of Liverpool
The Unit was established in collaboration with the University of Liverpool
to be a centre of excellence, both nationally and internationally, to
produce systematic reviews in the field of Child Health and to be a
centre of development and training in this innovative area.
The Evidence Network is a focus point for evidence based policy and
practice research in the UK.