From Research for Theory Building to Research-into-Practice: the Emergence of a New Paradigm of Impact

From Research for Theory Building to Research-into-Practice: the Emergence of a New Paradigm of Impact

Date & Time

01 January 2010, 00:00




Office of Education Research (OER)



Events Details

Time: 9.30am - 11.30am

The worlds of academic research and school practice have rarely coincided and co-operated. Researchers and school practitioners alike have been strongly driven by their own system goals, agendas, cultures and issues. Unsurprisingly, this has led many – including governments and funding agencies as well as school practitioners – to ponder the relevance of much educational research. There are strong signs however – especially in the USA and UK as well as in Singapore – that the situation is changing. Few projects are nowadays funded without demonstrating relevance to practice.   

This session explores the potentially exciting opportunity to bring the two worlds closer together. It does so – while mindful of the many pitfalls and challenges – by arguing that success is dependent on getting the ‘right’ answers to four questions:

  • What do we mean by ‘impact’?
  • What kind of knowledge (explicit and/or tacit) does research need to account for?
  • Why do we need to shift from research for theory development per se to research for improvement of practice?
  • What kind of research approach and methods will achieve this shift?

The session will be based on a presentation punctuated by questions, insights and discussion from participants. It aims to improve our understanding of this major change of emphasis in educational research.

The session is open to all researchers, research students and teachers/lecturers at NIE.

Clive Dimmock is Professor of Research in Educational Leadership at the Centre for Research in Pedagogy and Practice, NIE. He is leading a system-wide research project on leadership and organisational change in Singapore schools. Among his interests are leadership for school transformation, leadership for teacher and student learning, and the development of new research approaches and methods with high connectivity to changing school practice.

Please register your attendance with the Office of Education Research at email: by 18 October 2010.