Research & Publications
Educational psychologists develop skills in research as part of their training, and we consider research to be a vital part of the role of all EPs.
We think it is vital as it helps us to think about what works, why it works and why it might not, and also to explore new ideas.
This expertise can be used in many different ways, such as:
- working with school staff to measure the effect of a specific intervention – maybe a new method of teaching – for an individual pupil who has been having difficulties
- helping a secondary class teacher to do some action research in the classroom – for example supporting them to evaluate how a different approach they are using – for example to homework - is impacting on learners’ progress
- designing a way to help a school design, put in place and evaluate the impact of a whole-school initiative – for example, does training young people to mediate conflict reduce the amount of time teachers spend sorting out playground difficulties?
- designing ways for the local authority to find out how effective any new authority-wide initiatives are – for example, new literacy or numeracy initiatives.
Educational psychologists are also involved nationally in looking at specific areas of research which are important to the Scottish Government, such as finding out how best to help vulnerable children and young people get better outcomes.
Here are some specific pieces of research which Fife Council educational psychologists have been involved with in recent years.