Funded by Wellcome Trust, we are launching a project to test how journal clubs can be adapted from healthcare for education. Journal clubs are small groups of experts in a field who get together to discuss research findings and how they apply to their contexts.
Take part in online training, learn how to critically engage with research literature and appraise research methodology and discuss with colleagues from across the UK how the findings apply to your setting. All from the comfort of your own home or school. Participation in the project includes free online membership of the Chartered College of Teaching for the duration of the project and is open to primary and secondary school teachers of science. No previous knowledge or experience with journal clubs or research methods and designs is required to join as participants.
The project will last from April 2020 to July 2021, the 10 journal clubs will take place monthly, be fully online (logging on from home or your schools with a cup of tea and some biscuits is strongly encouraged) and last for one hour at a time.
By participating, you will not only benefit personally but also help support our understanding of journal clubs in education more widely.
PARTICIPANTS AND FACILITATORS
We have had great interest in the project already and have now recruited enough facilitators from secondary schools. We are however still looking for primary school science teachers who would like to train as facilitators and for both primary and secondary school teachers who would like to join as participants.
As external evaluators will assess the success of the project, participation will also require the completion of some baseline measures at the start (April) and end (June) of the project but all data collection methods were designed with teachers’ time constraints in mind and should not take longer than 3 hours in total to complete. The baseline measures will consist of online questionnaires, focus groups and/or phone interviews.
WHAT IS REQUIRED AS A PARTICIPANT?
If you join as a participant, you will complete online training on the background of journal clubs and research appraisal skills. Each month you will receive an article to read in preparation for the journal club together with a Critical Appraisal tool to help you extract the most important information and prepare for the meeting. During the monthly online journal clubs, you will discuss the article of the month and how it relates to your own experience and context. Before the end of each session, all participants will commit to a change to their practice on which they will reflect by completing an online self-reflection tool.
– 2.5 hours per month (1hr/journal club, 1hr for article reading & critical appraisal, 30min for reflection)
– 2-3 hours of online training: 18th of May to 7th of June
– 10 journal clubs in total
Thank you for your interest and we look forward to hearing from you.
The Research Team at the Chartered College of Teaching