Purposes & Values

The purpose of the network is to help people, in going about their professional practice, engage with research and development. It seeks to:

Demonstrate the value of research and development by:

  • assisting practitioners to undertake effective research and development
  • assisting practitioners and policymakers to understand the outcomes and processes of research and development
  • encouraging the growth of a research culture at institutional, national, regional and local levels.

 

Help build the capacity of the sector by:

  • putting people in touch with each other
  • providing opportunities to present and discuss research and development
  • organising opportunities for professional development
  • develop opportunities to undertake research and development work, collaboratively or otherwise.

 

Exploring ways of increasing the influence of findings by:

  • encouraging work across sector and discipline boundaries
  • encouraging collaboration between parties
  • developing conduits through which findings can be assessed and disseminated.

In pursuing these purposes, the network places particular value on:

An inclusive approach which:

  • Recognises the variety of relevant methods and topics
  • Involves participants from a wide range of backgrounds, including practitioners, researchers, developers, managers and policymakers
  • Identifies the specific role of practitioners and others in evaluating and implementing findings

 

Applying research to the concerns of practice and policy by:

  • Encouraging reviews of existing knowledge before new research is undertaken
  • Distilling and communicating key messages in appropriate ways for different audiences

 

Addressing capacity by:

  • Building practitioner training into projects
  • Encouraging engagement with research through professional development activity
  • Demonstrating the value of research and development to budget holders
  • Maximising connections between regional groups

 

3 Responses to Purposes & Values

  1. Pingback: Welcome to the Learning and Skills Research Network | Learning and Skills Research Network

  2. Nadim says:

    These, of course are excellent and can be translated at Institutional Level. My suggestion for institutions adapting this would look like this:

    Research Framework for institutions (drawn from LSRN purposes and aims):

    Demonstrate the value of research and development by: assisting practitioners to undertake effective research and development, assisting practitioners to understand the outcomes and processes of research and development, encouraging the growth of a research culture at institutional level.

    Help build the capacity of an institution by: putting people in touch with each other, providing opportunities to present and discuss research and development, organising opportunities for professional development, develop opportunities to undertake research and development work, collaboratively or otherwise.

    Exploring ways of increasing the influence of findings by: encouraging work across departments and discipline boundaries, encouraging collaboration between parties, developing conduits through which findings can be assessed and disseminated.

    In pursuing these purposes, the institution places particular value on:

    An inclusive approach which: Recognises the variety of relevant methods and topics, Involves participants from a wide range of backgrounds, including practitioners, researchers, developers and managers, Identifies the specific role of practitioners and others in evaluating and implementing findings

    Applying research to the concerns of practice by: Encouraging reviews of existing knowledge before new research is undertaken,Distilling and communicating key messages in appropriate ways for different audiences

    Addressing capacity by: Encouraging engagement with research through professional development activity, Demonstrating the value of research and development

  3. Pingback: LSRN – Inclusive FE Research | dancing princesses

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s