Understanding school engagement in and with research

The research paper presents a conceptual framework that captures the multiple interconnected dimensions of school research engagement (see ‘Figure 6’ in the full research report). It also emphasises the shared responsibility of various players in education to strengthen future engagement.

This study was conducted by Associate Professor Mark Rickinson and Catholic Education Melbourne’s (CEM) Senior Research Analyst, Shani Prendergast.

Key findings

Based on a survey of 67 Catholic schools in Melbourne – and supported by an analysis of international literature – the study found that schools:

  • are selective about their research involvement

  • are discerning about what research is on and how it is conducted

  • access research in indirect and informal ways

  • value research more than they use it

  • need much more than research access.

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To discover more about this study, read the full article.

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