“It is by virtue of being an artist that the teacher is a researcher” (L.Stenhouse – Deepening the connections between research and teaching).
“Research leads teachers back to the things that lie at the heart of their professionalism: pupils, teaching and learning” J.Rudduck.
By engaging with research and evidence a teacher is exposed to ideas and concepts that can enhance the breadth and depth of their understanding. Some of this may be more actively interpreted and shaped; principles and concepts can be immediately engaged. However, other aspects of research may lead to further ‘inquiry-led teaching’ where pedagogical knowledge and understanding requires questioning, experimenting, trialling and re-defining by the teachers themselves.