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Open Access Educational Research and Policymaking: findings from some transitional countries

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This paper explores the debate about the relationship between educational research and educational policymaking and practice. It considers why the translation of research into practice appears to be limited, and the policy implications that arise from these limitations. In this epistemic setting, aspects of the organisation of educational research in some western countries, and the contrasting position in some transitional countries, are considered. Demands on educational research in both settings, it is argued, are based partly on misunderstandings of what it can achieve. It is important to reach a clearer understanding of the possibilities if the benefits that are available from research are to be realised.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 November 2003

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  • Founded in 2003 by the UCL Institute of Education, the journal reflects the Institute's broad interests in all types of education in all contexts - local, national, global - and its commitment to analysis across disciplines using a variety of methodologies. It shares the Institute's aspiration to interrogate links between research, policy and practice, and its principled concern for social justice.

    Drawing on these strengths, LRE is a wide-ranging and engaging journal that features rigorous analysis and significant research across key themes in education, including: public goals and policies; pedagogy; curriculum; organization; resources and technology; and institutional effectiveness. Articles and book reviews are written by experts in education, psychology, sociology, policy studies, philosophy and other disciplines contributing to education research, and by experienced researcher-practitioners working in the field. The highest quality of reporting and presentation are ensured through an independent, anonymised peer-review process. As an entirely web-based open access journal, LRE has been able to offer innovative features and formats including: epistolary conversation; colour photos and illustrations; illustrative video clips.

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