The School's research builds on a long history of engagement with practitioners and policy makers, not only as users of our research but also as problem-definers, evidence gatherers and interpreters within the research proces. Beyond the formal education sector, our work has influenced institutions such as international development organisations, hospitals and police services.
Some examples of the impact of our research:
Measuring working atmosphere in classrooms: The Haydn Scale
Developed by Professor Terry Haydn at UEA, the Haydn Scale is the most widely used instrument for evaluating classroom climate from a teacher perspective.
The scale is used for teacher development by schools and initial teacher education providers worldwide. It promotes reflection on classroom climate and develops understanding of the factors that influence the working atmosphere in classrooms.
The Haydn Scale has also been identified as a recommended resource for improving teacher-training relating to pupil behaviour by the Department of Education (DfE) and the National College for Teachers and Leadership (NCTL). Haydn's research has had an impact on public and policy debates about the extent to which behaviour is a problem in UK schools, with extensive media coverage.
Primary school children's participation in decision-making
Research conducted by Sue Cox and Anna Robinson-Pant aimed to develop collaborative approaches that involve children in decision-making in schools, while pioneering the methodology of engaging young children as action researchers.
Following extensive dissemination of the research, there is evidence of on-going impact from the project. Participating schools report a shift in how teachers involve children in decision-making, while teaching professionals who attended dissemination events have used the research to re-evaluate children's participation.
In terms of the methodological approach of working with children as action researchers, the project has influenced international development organisations, such as UNICEF, which has adapted the research approach for planning and evaluation purposes.
World Association of Lesson Studies (WALS)
The World Association of Lesson Studies (WALS), also based in CARE is an association in which teachers actively construct professional pedagogical knowledge.
Professor John Elliott has led this initiative as the Evaluator of Learning Studies in Hong Kong Schools from 2002 - 2008, then subsequently as President of the Association from 2008 - 2010. He is now Chief Editor of its Journal,the International Journal Lesson and Learning Studies, to which teachers frequently submit their research in many countries across the world, including Japan, Hong Kong,China, Singapore, Sweden, UK, Austria and Spain.
Centre for Applied Research in Education (CARE)
The School hosted the internationally renowned Centre for Applied Research in Education (CARE) from 1970 until its closure in 2015. A rich resource base derived from the work of CARE can be found via the CARE website.