As you go through your research, you may wish to discuss your findings with colleagues nationally, or even internationally, to see if your experiences are similar to those of others. There are some great ways to do this. Additionally, as you come to the end and are starting to draw conclusions, you’ll wish to broadcast your findings to support other colleagues and spread the impact. Take a look at the suggestions below for ways to do this.
Discussions, debates and reflection
- Twitter – “Edu-Twitter” is a community many of us go to in order to find ideas, advice and professional discourse. There are frequent “Twitter Chats”, such as #UKFEChat and #UKEDResChat, which focus on different areas and topics. Learn how to set up a Twitter account here.
- TES Further Education – You’ll find articles from teachers and for teachers in FE here. There is space to comment to discuss further too. You may even wish to contact them to see if they are interested in publishing an article from you and your group about your research.
- Blogging – blogging is a great way to record and share your experiences and research. With most blogs, there will be the option to allow comments so that practitioners can share their thoughts with you too. If you’d like to write for the PDNorth blog, email Chloe: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Specialist Journals – you may wish to contact editors of journals such as inTuition, SET’s quarterly journal or RaPAL.
Broadcasting your findings
Broadcasting your findings and sharing your conclusions can take many forms. It may be sharing at a local level with your team at your institution. It could also be sharing at a national level: online, in print or at a conference.
- CPD – ask your manager if you could share your findings with colleagues you believe it will be relevant to. Put together a session to show what you’ve found and take questions.
- Get published – contact specialist publications to find interest. Think of how you can spread the impact of what you’ve found! Watch this space for a list of relevant publications.
- Write a proposal – With conferences such as ReImagineFE, FEResearchMeet and others, you could share your research project and what you found with colleagues in this way.