Evidence schools. Research for educational improvement


The challenge

How can we use the knowledge of educational research and assessment to improve student learning?

From the research carried out into education we have evidence which is of great value for educational professionals. Through educational research and assessment, we have robust knowledge about how students learn and what strategies are most effective for improving their learning opportunities. However, this knowledge often does not end up reaching the school professionals.

Access to this type of knowledge is key in the professional development of teachers and for making decisions which favour student opportunities. This knowledge becomes even more important in the context of this strong educational innovation which we find ourselves in.

Can you imagine a school where...

  • Classroom strategies and teaching methodologies are reflected upon, and the results of educational research are taken into account?
  • Education is grounded in innovation, based on evidence about how students learn and what works to enhance their learning?
  • The strategies put in place are assessed and the conclusions of these assessments are incorporated in order to improve them?
  • Knowledge is used to strengthen the teaching and learning of all students?

The Evidence Schools initiative

Evidence Schools wants to empower schools and teachers as the driving force behind more effective and equitable educational actions, based on reflective practice and thorough knowledge.

We are looking for 30 schools that wish to take a leap forward in the use of research to improve teaching practice and student learning.

It is a joint initiative of the Directorate-General for Innovation, Research and Digital Culture; the Institut Català d’Avaluació de Polítiques Públiques (Ivàlua) and the Fundació Jaume Bofill.

What do we offer?

  • Training to learn how to utilise and generate educational evidence, certified by the Department of Education (20/21 academic year). It will be practical and applied training, which will connect with the areas for improvement of the participating schools. The schools will complete the training by designing a proposal for the evaluation of a project or the intervention of the school.
  • The opportunity to receive financial support and guidance from researchers to pilot and evaluate a project which takes into account the evidence and which will be implemented in their school (2021-22 academic year).
  • To be part of a community network of experimentation and learning, made up of schools and research groups, dedicated to improving educational practice through thorough knowledge which is produced through research and evaluation. All the schools interested in utilising the knowledge of educational research and the evaluation will be welcome to join the community.

How can you take part?

The programme has been suspended due to the management of the Covid-19 crisis.

For more information, please contact ncomas@fbofill.cat


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