Ow can research findings be made more accessible to practitioners? Should it matter? In your answer you should draw on at least TWO papers.

QUESTION-

How can research findings be made more accessible to practitioners? Should it matter? In your answer you should draw on at least TWO papers.


Suggested approach
The main sources of material for this assignment will be:
. Roberts (Chapter 16), Edwards (Chapter 17), and McKechnie and Hobbs
(Chapter 18), in Reader B
Any of the research papers and commentaries from Reader A ( The essays you have used on the previous ordersTakei, Coates, Punch. Clark. Please let me know if you don t have these anymore.


This question asks you to consider the ways in which research findings can be made accessible to practitioners. The accessibility of research is determined not simply by the availability of the findings, that is, whether or not practitioners will be able to access the material. In order to be accessible to practitioners, research findings must be presented in a way which is accessible and useful. However, the question does not only ask you to think about how the findings of research projects might be made accessible to practitioners; it asks you to reflect upon whether or not it matters that research is made available to them. It may be that some kinds of research are not interesting to or appropriate for an audience of practitioners. And there are a wide range of reasons why this may be the case.
In preparing for this assignment, you could begin with the chapters on dissemination in Section 4 of Reader B (Chapters 16, 17 and 18). These chapters explore the relevance, evaluation and dissemination of research in health and social care, education and childhood studies. You could make notes about the purpose and content of these different kinds of research and how this relates to their dissemination strategy. You could, then, look back over the research papers in Reader A and reflect upon whether or not the different projects were disseminated to practitioners and, indeed, if they should be. In doing so, you will have considered how these research findings were made accessible to practitioners and why this was important. For those projects where the results were not explicitly disseminated to an audience of practitioners, you will have considered how and to whom these research projects were disseminated, and why they were disseminated in this way.
You may also want to make use of the independent literature searching skills you have been developing as you have worked through this assignment guide to find some suitable material to supplement your discussion of the course materials. If you decide to do this, it is important that the external materials do not dominate your answer; external materials should only be used to illustrate, extend or enhance your discussion of the course materials. In TMAs 02, 03, 04 and 05, the ways in which you were able to use external sources to complement the course materials was an important consideration in determining your marks. TMA 06 will be marked on how well you can demonstrate an understanding of and critical engagement with the course materials. Therefore, any external materials you use in your assignment must only be used to show how well you understand and are able to analyse the course materials.
Suggested structure
. In your introduction you could briefly explain the relationships between research and practice and the importance of disseminating the results of some research to practitioners. You could then explain how you have chosen to approach the assignment, and outline your argument in a plan, carefully explaining how it will develop throughout the assignment.
. In subsequent paragraphs, you could explain how and why the results of some research studies are made accessible to practitioners. You might choose to illustrate your answer with examples from the research projects in Reader A. You might, then, turn to look at those studies where the results were not disseminated to practitioners in order to explain how and why making the results of these studies accessible to practitioners was not deemed necessary or appropriate.
. In your conclusion you could draw together the main points you have made in your assignment and take a position about whether or not it matters that the results of research with children and young people are made accessible to practitioners. You should take care to explain why you have come to this conclusion. It is important that you make it clear to the reader that you have addressed the question in your answer and to explain how you have done this.
. Add a list of references (see the guidance on pp. 9 11). This list of references is not counted in the 2,500 words maximum allowed for this assignment.




EK310 and 311
TMA general points (my ideas  always go with your own tutor s advice)
· Always give an introduction  which should be a list of what you will include in the essay, in order, but written as a paragraph.
· The essay must then follow the plan that you will have outlined in the introduction  this helps the reader follow the flow of the essay
· A second paragraph can usefully define terms. Define all the terms in the title so that you show clearly how you are interpreting the title.
· Aim for a few quotes in an essay, but not too many. And don t use them without leading into them and then explaining what has been said, using your own words.
· Always give a conclusion, which summarises your main points.
· Finally give the word count exactly
· Note that both description and evaluation are to be aimed at in most essays.
· There is no 10%  the marking stops at the maximum
· EK310/311 uses three course books  the general reader (the non-shiny one), the book with studies in (the shiny one), and the methodology book (Punch). Where possible use all three books for each essay
· The course is about methods so essays will be focused on the research method rather than what a study is about.


Your answer should be between 2,000 and 2,500 words (excluding your list of references). Do not write more than 2,500 words.

· You can include literature you find yourself as well as course materials, but must include course materials (at least two sources from course materials). Marks are for understanding the course materials this time, not for findings sources yourself.
The main sources of material for this assignment will be:
. Roberts (Chapter 16), Edwards (Chapter 17), and McKechnie and Hobbs
(Chapter 18), in Reader B
Any of the research papers and commentaries from Reader A ( The essays you have used on the previous ordersTakei, Coates, Punch. Clark. Please let me know if you don t have these anymore.