AERO commissioned 21 online focus groups with teachers, school leaders and early childhood educators to obtain first-hand views from educators on a range of issues.
The focus groups focused on the following areas:
- the issues around which they believe they most need, and would use research evidence in order to improve student learning
- the types of resources they currently access in order to make decisions regarding their work, such as, in the case of teachers, to plan their lessons, and in the case of school leaders, to choose strategies and interventions for their schools
- the way they access these resources, and factors that make these resources useful or otherwise
- any experiences they may have had to date in making use of research evidence, and factors in the success or otherwise of those experiences.