Key Challenges for the Nordic Countries
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Challenges with regard to research communication between researchers and practitioners:
- The language barrier – both with regards to English as a foreign language and the academic language used in research publications.
- Time and resources – practitioners find it hard to find the time to read research knowledge.
- Applicability to practice and policymaking – practitioners find that new research is often not directly applicable to practice (or policymaking).
- Practice-translation – in order for research-based knowledge to be relevant for practitioners, it often needs to be remediated/translated into practice, and explicitly address how this knowledge can be applied in the classroom or what it implies for the practice.
- Incentives – there are hardly any incentives for researchers to communicate with practitioners or for producing practice-relevant and practice-applicable educational research.
Challenges with regard to sharing research across the Nordic countries:
- Locating research – Nordic journals on education are often not indexed in international databases, thus making them difficult to locate.
- Nordic database – while a database exists in the field of Early Childhood Education and Care, there are currently no common Nordic databases bringing together research on primary and lower secondary level education.
- Open access – lack of open access to international academic journals.
- Grey research – much educational research (such as research mappings or national reports) is never published in academic journals, making it difficult to get an overview of what’s out there.
Over the next years, these challenges will be discussed over a series of meetings and through a range of initiatives seeking to transgress the abovementioned barriers to knowledge communication and knowledge sharing across the Nordic region.