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Using blogs to make peer-reviewed research more accessible
written by Nicholas T. Young, Briley L. Lewis, Emily Kerr, and Prasanth H. Nair
Discipline-based education researchers produce knowledge that aims to help instructors improve student learning and educational outcomes. Yet, the information produced may not even reach the educators it is intended to influence. Prior work has found that instructors often face barriers to implementing practices in peer-reviewed literature. Some of these barriers are related to accessing the knowledge in the first place such as difficulty finding and understanding research and a lack of time to do so. To lower these barriers, we created an online blog, PERbites, that summarizes recent discipline-based education research in short posts that use plain language. Having covered nearly 100 papers to date, we conducted a survey to see if we were addressing the need we had originally set out to address. We posted a 23-item survey on our website and received 24 usable responses. The results suggested that readers do generally agree that we are meeting our original goals. Readers reported that our articles were easier to understand and used more plain language than a typical discipline-based education research (DBER) journal article. At the same time, readers thought that all the important information was still included. Finally, readers said that this approach helped them keep up with DBER studies and read about papers they otherwise would not have. However, most readers did not indicate they changed their teaching and research practice as a result of reading our blog. Our results suggest that alternative methods of sharing research (e.g., non-peer reviewed publications or conference talks) can be an effective method of connecting research with practitioners, and future work should consider how we as a community might build on these efforts to ensure education research can make meaningful changes in the classroom.
Physics Education Research Conference 2022
Part of the PER Conference series
Grand Rapids, MI: July 13-14, 2022
Pages 506-512
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Professional Development
Education - Basic Research
- Communication
= Writing
- Research Design & Methodology
= Literature
- Teacher Characteristics
= Pedagogical Content Knowledge
- Professional Development
- Graduate/Professional
- Community
= Weblog
- Reference Material
= Research study
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N. Young, B. Lewis, E. Kerr, and P. Nair, , presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI, 2022, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16284&DocID=5653).
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N. Young, B. Lewis, E. Kerr, and P. Nair, Using blogs to make peer-reviewed research more accessible, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI, 2022, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16284&DocID=5653>.
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Young, N., Lewis, B., Kerr, E., & Nair, P. (2022, July 13-14). Using blogs to make peer-reviewed research more accessible. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI. Retrieved December 6, 2022, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16284&DocID=5653
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Young, N, B. Lewis, E. Kerr, and P. Nair. "Using blogs to make peer-reviewed research more accessible." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2022, Grand Rapids, MI, July 13-14, 2022. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16284&DocID=5653 (accessed 6 December 2022).
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Young, Nicholas "Nick", Briley L. Lewis, Emily Kerr, and Prasanth H. Nair. "Using blogs to make peer-reviewed research more accessible." Physics Education Research Conference 2022. Grand Rapids, MI: 2022. 506-512 of PER Conference. 6 Dec. 2022 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=16284&DocID=5653>.
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@inproceedings{ Author = "Nicholas "Nick" Young and Briley L. Lewis and Emily Kerr and Prasanth H. Nair", Title = {Using blogs to make peer-reviewed research more accessible}, BookTitle = {Physics Education Research Conference 2022}, Pages = {506-512}, Address = {Grand Rapids, MI}, Series = {PER Conference}, Month = {July 13-14}, Year = {2022} }
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