10 SES 14 A, Building A Research Agenda For Teacher Education Futures
Improving the quality of education processes is a priority of all governments (OECD, 2010; Barber and Mourshed, 2007). There have also been recent calls for the knowledge that is already in existence to be used more effectively to improve these education systems both international (OCED, 2010) and nationally in the UK (Pollard, 2008). This paper considers initiatives set up in the past and ways forward in the development of systems and resources to support the professional development of practitioners in the future. This paper outlines some of the technologies that are available now that can be combined to provide environments to support building and sharing of knowledge. These include online collaborative environments to support networked communities of practitioners, the use of review and synthesis techniques so that the knowledge from both large and small scale studies can be leveraged and making use of opportunities that internet offers in ways of representing research knowledge to practitioners. Recent experience in the UK with loss of online resources with the change in government shows that this work is too important to be left to national governments. Can educators combine to manage their own knowledge banks is the challenge this paper lays down.
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