Translational research principles applied to education: the mapping educational specialist knowhow (MESH) initiative
MESH is a part of a research project applying knowledge management principles which are well known in other sectors, public and private, to the education sector (Leask and Preston 2010; Leask 2011, 2012; Leask and Younie 2013). The goal is to develop and test out the new ways of working, now possible with digital technologies, which can address long standing improvement challenges faced by education sectors in all countries. MESH is an initiative involving educators worldwide in building a quality assured wikipedia of professional knowledge for teaching. MESH is a translational research project initiated by the Education Futures Collaboration (see http://www. edfuturescollaboration.org). MESH Guides are quality assured and tested with teachers and provide advice linked to research and evidence. For some emerging examples see http://www.meshguides.org/themap/index.html. When fully developed MESH will use digital technologies and an innovative knowledge mapping approach to provide personalised, research based advice and ‘just in time’ learning to support teachers in extending and deepening their professional knowledge. The research behind MESH has involved several phases over many years. Phase 1 involved testing the theory with teachers and trainee teachers in a range of subject areas; Phase 2 developed a prototype and tested the ideas further with teachers, student teachers and newly qualified teachers; Phase 3 tested the ideas with international colleagues; Phase 4, the current phase, consists of establishing editorial boards and quality assurance processes whilst broadening the range of areas covered and testing for impact; Phase 5 will represent the launch of the first 50 pathways.
Citation : Burden, K., Younie, S. and Leask, M. (2013) Translational research principles applied to education: the mapping educational specialist knowhow (MESH) initiative. Journal of Education for Teaching, 39 (4), pp. 459-463
ISSN : 0260-7476
Research Group : Institute for Education Futures
Research Institute : Institute for Research in Criminology, Community, Education and Social Justice
Peer Reviewed : Yes