TLRP supports the development of expertise by educational researchers, and celebrates the diversity of forms which this takes in a complex field of social science like education.
TLRP is committed to continuous improvement, particularly concerning the range of available skills, knowledge and confidence of researchers in tackling educational issues. This concern was shaped by an early survey by Donald and Anne McIntyre, and has continued through two phases of TLRP investment - led successively by Stephen Gorard, Gareth Rees (both at University of Cardiff) and Steve Baron (University of Strathclyde). It remains crucial today in light, for example, of ESRC’s 2006 Demographic Review of the UK Social Sciences.
TLRP’s present capacity building strategy is designed to support processes through which the activity becomes embedded within, and ‘owned’ by, the social networks of educational research communities - thus leaving a sustainable legacy once TLRP funding ceases at the end of 2008.
The initiatives and resources on this website are contributions to this ambition. Please contact Stephen Baron, the Associate Director responsible for this area of work with, any comments, or suggestions or offers of help.
TLRP has also formed an Advisory Group for its Capacity Building activities which meets three times a year.
A brief review of TLRP capacity building strategies since 2000 has been provided by Stephen Baron in BERA's Research Intelligence