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A practical introduction to MESH

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Translational research and knowledge mobilisation: an invitation to find out how the MESH initiative can help you with your research and how academics can work with teachers in mobilising professional knowledge

The Faculty of Education at Cambridge has become a founder member of MESH – Mobilising, Managing and Mapping Educational Specialist knowhow. This seminar is an opportunity to find out how we all – academic and practitioner researchers – can contribute fully to this exciting initiative. MESH is a newly developed ‘translational research’ system involving educators worldwide in building a quality assured ‘wikipedia’-type base of professional knowledge for teaching.

MESH , when fully developed, will use an innovative knowledge mapping approach to produce MESH Guides (www.MESHguides.org). These provide personalised research-based advice on a wide range of topics in education, and just-in-time learning to support teachers in extending and deepening their professional knowledge. Topic examples already in the pipeline include assessment for learning, dyslexia, learning theories, motivation, dialogue, pedagogy for iPad use, “neuromyths”, emotional literacy, adolescent illiteracy and other subject-specific topics. MESH provides a system supporting scaling up of small-scale research, collaborative research, online publishing and system improvement. It is rapidly taking off globally.

In 2009, the OECD called for the creation of knowledge-rich, evidence-based systems to empower educational leaders and teachers with the knowledge needed to transform models of schooling. MESH addresses this issue. Through collaborations such as Map of Medical Healthguides, the Cochrane Collaboration and the UK National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), policy into practice has been strengthened in the medical and health professions.

The education sector has the technical expertise and credibility to provide the equivalent translational research (Concept to Classroom) through MESH – but we will need to collaborate. You may have noticed the EEF and ESRC as well as the GLA have put out a number of calls for research bids in education on knowledge mobilisation and translational research. MESH members will be putting in collaborative bids engaging staff from the network of organisations that are involved.

This session introduces new ways of working and digital publishing, and opportunities for international collaboration through MESH . It also provides hands-on guidance for those who want to author a MESH guide or get involved in any way. We welcome all academics, researchers and teachers. Come along and hear about how to get your own area of research represented and shared globally!

Marilyn Leask is Professor of Educational Knowledge Management at the University of Bedfordshire. She is on the steering group of MESH and on MESH editorial boards. Marilyn was a member of the 2008 RAE Education panel and has initiated and managed a number of innovative projects focused on using digital technologies to support improvements in education. She was a UK founder member of the European SchoolNet created in 1995 (www.eun.org). Marilyn was introduced to research as a teacher-researcher and then managed the teacher-researcher network in Enfield for a couple of years. She initiated the TDA funded Teacher Training Resource Bank as well as what became DFE ’s TeacherNet. Marilyn also edits the major textbook series for secondary teacher training in the UK, the Routledge Learning to Teach in the Secondary School series.

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