More than 4,000 teachers participated in a survey in January 2013 about their engagement in research. The responses highlighted a strong interest among teachers in having greater involvement with research. Among the key findings:
- The reasons for not engaging with or using educational research included lack of time, difficulty in translating empirical research findings to the reality of classrooms, difficulty finding research and difficulty understanding research. Less than 10% of respondents selected the option that research findings were ‘not worth the effort’.
- Actions to make research findings more accessible to teachers included more teacher-led research, more research publications especially for teachers, school-support to engage with research and time to reflect with colleagues.