TLRP, as a strategic intervention into a field, was a subject for reflection and study in its own right. An early paper on this, Familiar Challenges and New Approaches was presented by Charles Desforges, the first Director of the Programme. The subsequent Director, Andrew Pollard, published two early papers reflecting on the Programme's strategies and progress: Academic Challenges for Moral Purposes and Taking the Initiative: TLRP and Educational Research. There was also an NFER report on an interim review of the Programme and a special issue of the British Educational Research Journal on the Programme was published in late 2007. Pollard’s paper in this: The UK's Teaching and Learning Research Programme: findings and significance provides an overview. For a more retrospective account, see his 2010 paper: Directing the Teaching and Learning Research Programme: or ‘trying to fly a glider made of jelly’ (British Journal of Educational Studies, Vol 50, No 1).
In the last two years (2007-9) of the generic Programme there was much greater consideration and reflection on the aims and purposes, and how to involve user engagement for knowledge exchange and impact. More evidence of this can be found in user engagement and knowledge transformation impact. The final report of TLRP to the ESRC also developed major consideration of the ways in which TLRP developed and could be evaluated in relation to wider economic, educational, political and social issues.
Publications related to this general theme are listed below: