Ontario Education Research Exchange

The Ontario Education Research Exchange (OERE) aims to make education research accessible to educators.

Project Category:
Exploiting available research more effectively
Topic Area:
Knowledge Mobilization
Ministry Priority
(2011-2013):
Engagement
Project Lead(s):
Shasta Carr-Harris
Brief Background:
The Ontario Education Research Exchange (OERE) aims to make education research accessible to educators. It does so by: identifying current Ontario education research, summarizing this research into short plain language research summaries, submitting summaries for peer review by one teacher and researcher and uploading approved summaries to the OERE website for download by Ontario teachers and administrators. To ensure educators have access to a wide variety of research, the OERE also partners with other education organizations developing research summaries to make these available on the OERE website.
Research Context:
The use of research evidence in education has the potential to improve student outcomes as well as school performance (Hattie, 2009; OECD 2007), yet studies have shown that research use by educators remains limited (Levin, Sá, Cooper, & Mascarenhas, 2009). Knowledge mobilization literature identifies several ways that intermediaries, such as the OERE, can play a role in addressing barriers to research use – such as making research more accessible, clear, and relevant to practitioners’ work (Maynard, 2006; Miller, Drill & Behrstock, 2010). The OERE aims to bridge research and practice by making short, plain language summaries of current education research easily accessible to teachers and administrators through our searchable website.
Knowledge Mobilization Activities:
This proposal seeks to mobilize existing knowledge by: 1) Creating a hub for new research summaries ; 2) Partnering with Ontario education organizations developing similar research summaries and posting these on the OERE website; and 3) Connecting with teacher and administrator professional organizations across Ontario to ensure educators are aware of the resources available on the OERE website.
Outcomes:
By creating an online-hub for short plain language research summaries, the OERE aims to support Ontario educators in their quest to develop evidence-based practices. 150 research summaries (and counting) are available on the OERE website.