Research in education (or evidence-based inquiry) helps to improve teaching practices, as it involves different types of learning and teaching. It also guides us to creating more personalized profiles, adapting to the individual needs of the learner. Be that as it may, and owing to several factors involved, there’s no straightforward answer to the question: why is research important in the field of education?
On the one hand, research helps to find solutions to current issues in order to implement improvements, reinforce the teaching practice and give way to new learning. Globalization implies flexibility to change and adaptation to development. Research helps us to set the foundation for social change.
On the other hand, we should bear in mind that efficacious research in the field of education should be synonym to real-world investigation; school boards and researchers need to work hand in hand; there should exist cooperation and collaboration among education centers, research groups, universities, teachers and the education community as a whole. This allows for laying a joint basis between theory and professional experience.
Empowered by this idea, at Smile and Learn we have carried out several research investigations, with Down Syndrome patients/learners for example. We have also touched upon issues like recommender systems in Artificial Intelligence, a research that is still in course. Lastly, we have been selected to participate in the IND2017/SOC-7874 Project, led by the Community of Madrid. This research involves digital material evaluation.
It is important to encourage the publication and dissemination of this sort of research. It helps to establish bonds within the educational community and improve the teaching practice.
n like manner, we should highlight the limitations we encounter along the way, ethics for example or medium to long-term goals. End results will take time to come about, in a society where speed of production and dynamics at work, match the frantic rhythms of daily life.
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