Bringing Research to the Classroom.jpgThe School Board–University Research Exchange Network (SURE) is a network that develops and sustains an active collaborative relationship among universities and school districts in the London Region to promote knowledge exchange related to education research.

 

 

Project Category:
Exploiting available research more effectively
Topic Area:
Knowledge Mobilization
Ministry Priority
(2011-2013):
Teaching and Learning
Project Lead(s):

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Brief Background:
The School Board–University Research Exchange Network (SURE) is a network that develops and sustains an active collaborative relationship among universities and school districts in the London Region to promote knowledge exchange related to education research.
Research Context:
This proposal extends previous research completed by SURE that suggested research use by teachers might be enhanced through increased interaction amongst educator colleagues in the region, particularly through conferences, and face-to-face exchange and online collaborations.
Knowledge Mobilization Activities:
This proposal facilitates the development of a Teacher Learning Community in the London area through two knowledge mobilization strategies: (1) a face-to-face research percolator event ; and (2) the development of an online professional learning community . The percolator event will include highlights from collaborative education research in the London region; opportunities for capacity-building regarding critical research appraisal skills for teachers; and dialogue about pressing topics of interest to participants. The online community will be an interactive web space that includes a forum for ongoing dialogue between university and school board educators and researchers, a repository for resources and highlights of research projects that promotes the uptake of research in the classroom and the alignment of academic research to classroom priorities.
Outcomes:
The intent is to utilize existing research more effectively in practice. These knowledge mobilization strategies are intended to increase participant engagement in the learning community. SURE will assess engagement and measure changes in knowledge, attitudes, and skills related to research use in school. Specific outcomes will be measured through evaluations of the face-to-face sessions provided for educators (May 2012 and March 2013) and of usage of the online research community site.