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10 February 2021 - 10 February 2021

1:00PM - 2:00PM

Online seminar using Zoom

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Part of the School of Education Research Seminar Series.

Using Personal Networks to Understand Teacher and School Capacity to Use Research: Findings from a National Study of U.S. Schools

Speaker : Dr Liz Farley Ripple, University of Delaware

Globally, expectations for research to inform education policy and practice have grown, resulting in increased efforts to build capacity across systems for greater use of research. How to best do that remains an open question. Prior research reports capacity for research use is often about relationships, particularly those that feature trust, common goals and values, and regular engagement.  Further, research consistently shows that educators’ social capital – that is, the resources generated from relationships – can support individual growth and organizational change. These literatures suggest a social network perspective is instructive for understanding and building research use capacity. 

This presentation focuses on work conducted through the Center for Research Use in Education, one of two federally funded knowledge utilization centers in the U.S. Drawing on findings from a large scale administration of the Survey of Evidence in Education to schools across the country, I (or Dr. Farley-Ripple) focus(es) specifically on analysis of network items that capture educator ties to individuals, organizations and media sources that provide research-based information. Findings reveal a) significant variability in the size, composition, and diversity of networks, b) predominance of ties to individuals within the education system, and c) limited ties to researchers or traditional research organizations and outlets. Network data are also used to develop educator profiles, which are then linked to professional characteristics and other measures of research use in schools, providing a useful perspective on individual and organizational capacity which can advance the international discourse on school improvement and professional supports for educators.

This will be a virtual seminar using Zoom. Contact for details about how to take part.