Knowledge transformation and impact: aspirations and experiences from TLRP

AJ Pollard

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This paper reviews the intentions and strategies adopted by the UK's Teaching and Learning Research Programme (TLRP) in its attempts to maximise the impact of its research portfolio. The Programme's early commitment to user engagement and to an ‘interactive, iterative, constructive, distributed and transformative’ impact strategy is described. The specific outputs and initiatives of the Programme are considered in relation to three issues – the transformation of findings beyond abstract academic forms; the authentic engagement of users; and the exploitation of ideas which are culturally and politically current. From TLRP experience, it is argued that such work requires significant resources, technology, imagination, expertise and time. The paper concludes with a call for substantial, long‐term investment in an appropriate infrastructure to maximise the impact of research in education.
Translated title of the contributionKnowledge transformation and impact: aspirations and experiences from TLRP
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5 - 22
Number of pages17
JournalCambridge Journal of Education
Volume38, No 1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008

Bibliographical note

Publisher: Routledge
Other: Part of a Special Issue on Knowledge Transformation and Impact edited by Andrew Pollard and John Gardner


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