James, Mary and Pollard, Andrew
TLRP’s ten principles for effective pedagogy: rationale, development, evidence, argument and impact.
Research Papers in Education, 26 (3).
||The ESRC Teaching and Learning Research Programme worked for ten years to improve outcomes for learners across the United Kingdom. Individual projects within the Programme focused on different research questions and utilised a range of methods and theoretical resources. Across-programme thematic seminar series and task groups enabled emerging findings to be analysed, synthesised and communicated to wider audiences. One outcome of this activity was the development of ten ‘evidence-informed’ principles, which engaged with diverse forms of evidence, whilst acknowledging that ‘users’ would need to judge how best to implement such principles in their particular contexts. Synopses of these principles were published in posters and booklets, from 2006, but the evidence and reasoning underpinning them has not been fully explained. This paper attempts to fill this gap. It provides a justification for the production of the TLRP principles and describes the iterative process by which they were developed. It clusters the ten principles in four broad areas that reflect the multilayered nature of innovation in pedagogy: (1) educational values and purposes; (2) curriculum, pedagogy and assessment; (3) personal and social processes and relationships; (4) teachers and policies. It elaborates the argument and evidence for the principles, drawing not only on findings from projects but, crucially, the thematic initiatives that began the synthetic work. This is an electronic version of an article published in Research Papers in Education, vol. 26, issue 3, September 2011. Research Papers in Education is available online at: www.tandfonline.com.
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