Education Research Overview

The field of educational research is seldom conclusive and all research must be carefully considered in the context in which it was collected and for the context in which it might be applied. What we provide here is links to pertinent research in a number of key areas, but always with the caveat that there are no simple solutions as education is always heavily context based.

One of the most significant studies released recently is that of John Hattie and his associates. This is a report of their 15 year meta-analysis of over 50,000 studies of factors that influence student acheivement. The initial findings Visible Learning (2009) describes the relative impact factors of learning, but a second book looks more specifically at how teachers can make use of all this information in their practice. This link provides an excellent summary by Jenn David-Lang of Visible Learning for Teachers: Maximizing Impact on Learning (2012).

Some of the positive factors from Hattie's work (slides 22-24) that influence student learning are: self-reported grades, Piagetian programs, formative evalution, micro-teaching, acceleration, classroom behavioral, teacher clarity, reciprocal teaching and feedback. Of course you need to find out more about the terminology and uses, but it gives an idea of where to start.

Some of the factors with the least impact are (slides 11-13): mobility, TV, summer vacation, retention, student control overlearning, multi-grade classes.

Video - 9 MindFramse for Visible Learning, Self-reported grades

Finally, Hattie lists the qualities of an 'activator' teacher; (slides 30-32) qualities asociated with increased learning: reciprocal teaching, feedback, student self-verbalization, meta-cognition, challenging goals, and direct instruction res some of them.

The following pagesprovide more links to research on specific topics. NOTE: To access some of the articles you may need to be logged in to your university library system.

A variety of research links can be found at Better Teaching - links to ideas and research


Here is a link to a page with some selected research on the effectiveness of assessment. Read carefully and read between the lines. You have to choose what will work in your classroom.
Effect of Formative Assessment;
Assessment Guide;
Role of Performance Assessment ;
Formative Assessment in Physics

Classroom Management

Classroom management is an incredibly complex area. The best advice is know your students and plan well, keeping their needs in mind. Classroom Management in Teacher Ed;
CM at the Start of the Year;
Culturally Responsive CM;
Evidenced Based CM


Whether planning an activity, a lesson, unit, or course, the focus must always be on "What the students going to DO?"

Putting Understanding First
Rethinking the Standard Model;
Integrate Motivation into LP;
Concept Mapping and LP;
Self-Reflection in LP

Teacher Roles and Needs

Teachers play an increasing number of roles in schools and classrooms. These videos show some o fthe scope of what these roles are.

Expanded Teacher Roles;
Teacher Roles in inclusive Schools;
Teacher Needs Assessment :

Question results
Data types


You know that all students are not the same, but how to you plan for that and implement it?

Higher order thinking and Theories of Learning

UNESCO - Most Influential Theories of Learning. 2016. 
Review of Reflection

Technology Infusion

What are the best ways to use technology in your classroom?
Effects of Integrating Mobile Devices;
TPACK and Teacher Candidates;
iPad Based Learning in MY;
Tech and Pedagogy Knowledge

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