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Strategies for Facilitating Knowledge Adoption: How Researchers can Better Influence Education Policy

Brown, Chris (2012) Strategies for Facilitating Knowledge Adoption: How Researchers can Better Influence Education Policy. Journal of Educational and Social Research, 2 (3). pp. 53-66. ISSN 22400524. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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Abstract

This paper examines how researchers can improve their chances of influencing education policy. It presents the findings of a literature review and interviews with educational researchers and policy-makers in England and Wales. The projects’ aims were: i) to understand the actions researchers should undertake in order to successfully influence policy; ii) to augment existing work by developing a suite of empirically inspired knowledge adoption strategies specifically for researchers. The paper concludes by presenting four strategy types that will aid researchers to influence policy debates: i) research outputs which meet policy-makers’ specific requirements from research (‘policy ready’ strategies); ii) the effective communication of research (‘promotional’ strategies); iii) ‘traditional’ academic behaviour (‘traditional’ strategies); iv) academics shifting their relative position with regards to the how ‘privileged’ they are by policy- makers, or how policy-makers perceive the policy context to which their research pertains (‘contextual’ strategies).

Item Type: Article
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > London Centre for Leadership in Learning
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2013 01:56
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 08:56
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