ITTE/TPEA are very keen to support research and 4 years ago set up a Knowledge Mobilisation fund to support the development of new knowledge which would then be disseminated widely with our community. A call went out through our Newsletter and we received a strong response. Each project was funded for 18 months, with an honorarium of £1000 and the title of ITTE Research Fellow. The initial projects, now completed were awarded as follows:
- Alison Iredale(LBU) Lyn Farrell (LBU), Katharine Stapleford (LBU), Jakki Sherden-Ross, (LBU) Rebecca Tickell (Wakefield Regional Partnership for Initial Teacher Training) . Project title: A review and synthesis of the literature around the use of social media in Initial Teacher Education.
- Helen Caldwell(UoN) and Anna Cox (UoN). Project title: How technology-enhanced learning communities enable the dissemination and transfer of innovative pedagogies in teacher education.
- Moira Savageand team member Anthony Barnett (UoW). Project title: Technology Enhanced Learning in the early years: a systematic review of published research (from the last 10 years).
- David Longman(Independent) and team member Sarah Younie (DMU). Project title: Mobilising Learning: A synoptic review of learning supported by personal devices.
Each team has presented their research at the annual ITTE conference, authored a journal article to be published in ITTE’s journal, Technology Pedagogy and Education, and as a MESH (http://www.meshguides.org) guide. The outputs from each project are now in the final stages and will shortly be accessible by the Community.
The project has also been shared with our Community at our international Summit in 2017. This was the second Summit ITTE hosted, bringing together knowledge relating to strategies, tools and processes which support a self-improving profession and improving teacher retention and quality. The Summit brought together educators, policy makers, professional associations and stakeholders to work actively to share knowledge and critique processes, strategies and tools, supported by ‘translational research’ models for education, which addressed global education challenges.
The Knowledge Mobilisation strategy is now in Phase 2 with a call for bids launched in the Autumn 2017 ITTE Newsletter. Funding was awarded to Andrew Csizmadia and Alethe Bailey, Newman University for their project: Educational Robotics: A systematic review of published literature. Andrew and Alethe will be disseminating their findings at the summer 2019 conference, followed by a MESH guide and journal article.