The Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP), the largest research initiative into education related topics ever undertaken in the United Kingdom, presents its major conclusions on 24th and 25th November after nine years of investigations across all sectors of education, from the importance of preschool education to lifelong learning.
Findings cover all sectors of education including preschool, each phase of school, further and higher education, workforce development, apprenticeships and lifelong learning.
Directed by Professor Andrew Pollard of the Institute of Education, the programme was designed to increase the volume, quality and use of UK education research.
Professor Pollard said: “The TLRP’s uniquely broad range of evidence on improving teaching and learning means that future policy can be based on real knowledge about how people make sense of the world around them, and can move beyond the current policies. We now have an opportunity to build an education system which is based on genuine evidence about how people learn.”
The TLRP’s major phase of empirical work has now ended but, in addition there will be further work to increase the use and impact work during 2009. Following the success of this programme, the ESRC and Engineering Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) are funding further projects concentrating on the use of technology to enhance learning.
Professor Ian Diamond, chief executive of ESRC, said: “The TLRP has been the largest ESRC programme and shows social science at its best. It was supported by partners around the UK because it promised to produce high-quality research that would have impact and help enhance British education. It has succeeded in these aims. Employers, parents, students and many other groups will gain from the success of TLRP, as will the nation as a whole.”
The TLRP received funding from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce), Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), the Welsh Assembly Government, Northern Ireland Executive and the Scottish Government.
Outcomes of various strands of the research have been widely influential across the UK.
Some top findings:
The programme was funded and managed by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).
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