Many educators are eager to learn about evidence-based practices but don’t know where to start. One barrier is that most research articles are paywalled, which requires teachers to buy an expensive subscription or e-mail the researcher in order to gain access to research. Another is that learning how to read and interpret scholarly articles requires a lot of training.
Ideally, school leaders and trainers would be the ones to do the heavy lifting when it comes to bringing research into schools, but often they don’t have the expertise required to read research, nor the desire to develop it. Until a thirst develops for evidence-informed education amongst our leaders, and the institutions that train them, teachers are largely on their own to find and translate research so that they may improve their own instruction.
Fortunately, there are a lot of teacher-friendly resources out there, including open-source articles, podcasts, infographics, and even YouTube videos, that help bridge the research-practice gap. I recently put together a webpage full of these sorts of resources for my colleagues. Some of the topics include cognitive load theory, learning styles, dual coding, self-regulated learning, retrieval practice, study skills, and much more. Feel free to check it out and spread it around:
– Zach Groshell