Educational Literature can be classified into three groups Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Literature.
Primary sources are original materials on which other research is based. Research findings are summarised. The background and context are situated, and new understanding is built on. Education researchers have two audiences in mind: other educational researchers and those who wish to implement different practice. However, this can lead to the language and semantics for each to be different. As practitioners we can get frustrated and a google search can become an endless task.
Secondary sources are written through the interpretation and evaluation of primary sources. They are not evidence, but rather commentary on and discussion of evidence (making them evidence-based). Theses sources aim to summarise research findings. Although still written with other educational researchers in mind, they also group results and pull out themes or overarching concepts, which are more accessible to practitioners.
Tertiary sources distil and collect primary and secondary sources. These sources address a wider audience; introducing the research to a wider audience of interested readers. For example a book summarising teaching strategies are evidence-based and well documented with research but unlike secondary they are written for those wanting to find out about the topic. The level and the language are considered for this wider audience.
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