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Title: How does research reach teachers? An agenda for investigating research mobilities in primary literacy education
Author(s): Burnett, Cathy
Gillen, Julia
Guest, Ian
Maxwell, Bronwen
Thompson, Terrie Lynn
Keywords: England
evidence-based practice
literacy research
primary literacy
research mobilities
Issue Date: 6-May-2022
Date Deposited: 23-May-2022
Citation: Burnett C, Gillen J, Guest I, Maxwell B & Thompson TL (2022) How does research reach teachers? An agenda for investigating research mobilities in primary literacy education. Literacy.
Abstract: In England, several developments combine in powerful ways to sustain certain ideas about literacy and research in education. These include the promotion of a specific model of ‘evidence-based practice’, frameworks for initial teacher education and early career professional development, and a strong accountability framework via inspection. However, as we illustrate through examples of activity on Twitter, to suggest that such ideas are all pervasive is to ignore other, less predictable, ways in which research circulates. Teachers, researchers and others working in literacy education, combined with the work of digital actors, assist the movement of ideas in sometimes unpredictable and even exciting ways. We argue that, if we are to understand how teachers encounter research, we need a better understanding of how research moves. We suggest that such movements are produced through shifting assemblages of human and non-human actors that combine to mobilise literacy research evidence differently and to varying degrees. This, we propose, calls for a new focus on what we call ‘research mobilities’ in primary literacy research.
DOI Link: 10.1111/lit.12289
Rights: © 2022 The Authors. Literacy published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of United Kingdom Literacy Association. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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