Two-year study carried out by The Brilliant Club finds that teachers with a PhD are primed to value education research and the importance of research-informed practice.
The study, Transforming PhD graduates into research-engaged teachers, shows that teachers with a PhD on the Researchers in Schools (RIS) programme access and understand research evidence, use research evidence in practice, and use research evidence to influence others.
The findings of The Brilliant Club’s study were compared to research conducted by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) and the National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) on research engagement in the general teaching population and found that RIS teachers are comparatively highly research engaged.
Kike Agunbiade, National Programme Director for Researchers in Schools, said:
“Promoting education research is one of the three core ways in which RIS participants can benefit both pupils and schools. We are delighted to read these findings which confirm our RIS teachers are engaging with research right from the outset in their teaching careers.”