This seminar series is one of several funded as part of the ESRC Teaching and Learning Research Programme.
It is focused on issues surrounding ‘user engagement' in the research process, which is a core principle of the TLRP. The series will build on work undertaken in the Programme and the experience of different stakeholders in educational research to produce coherent analyses of how research knowledge is managed in and out of both policy and practice.
The series aims to refine current understandings of how knowledge is shared between researchers, policy makers and practitioners across education communities, and to develop the capacity of education research to make a difference to education.
Over five meetings, the seminar series will examine:
different interpretations of ‘user engagement' across different groups (i.e. policy makers, funding agencies, HE research teams, practitioners, learners)
different frameworks used or advocated by social scientists for ensuring user engagement and the assumptions embedded in these frameworks
the implications of these frameworks for the design of educational research and for building impact into research design
the implications of these design options for the building of research capacity, in both policy and practice communities, in relation to ‘using' and ‘doing' research.