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About the Knowledge Centre for Education

The Knowledge Centre for Education is established as a department of the Research Council of Norway, Division for Society and Health. The Centre opened on 16 May 2013, by Minister of Education and Research Kristin Halvorsen. The primary task of the Knowledge Centre is to produce, gather, synthesise and disseminate knowledge from research on issues of relevance to the education sector.

As an independent research organisation, the Knowledge Centre for Education adheres to internationally recognised standards on how to synthesise research on education, and to show how research can be practically applied by practitioners and policy-makers. 

The Knowledge Centre actively contributes to knowledge-based policy work, management and practice, and to an enlightened and knowledge-based educational debate.

The Centre disseminates research that is relevant to the target audience, for instance what does and does not promote quality in kindergartens, schools, training programmes and higher education. To foster general understanding of the practical use of research, the Knowledge Centre focuses on questions of how knowledge from research meets practitioners' experiences and becomes relevant for educational practice.

The most important goals of the Knowledge Centre are:

  • to generate an overview of national and international research
  • to synthesise and disseminate research that is relevant to the target audience
  • to contribute to knowledge-based policy development, management and practice, and to an enlightened and knowledge-based educational debate

The Knowledge Centre achieves this by:

  • gathering and presenting systematic reviews in a database
  • synthesising and translating available research, reports and reviews
  • presenting essential results of Norwegian and international educational research
  • identifying knowledge gaps, and providing input to governmental bodies, researchers and to relevant research programmes at the Research Council of Norway
  • enhancing the general competency and capacity of systematic reviews, in cooperation with Norwegian and international researchers and research programmes at the Research Council of Norway
  • creating meeting places for researchers, practitioners and the government

The Knowledge Centre works systematically to advance the genre of systematic reviews. This work is necessary to meet the need for knowledge in the different target groups; e.g. policy makers, researchers and educational practitioners. By developing different formats for synthesised research, it is also possible to customise the products to their specific use. This makes it easier for the target groups to make use of the knowledge.

 

The Knowledge Centre produces, collects and presents high quality systematic reviews and literature reviews from international collaborators, like the EPPI-Centre at University College London, Danish Clearinghouse for Educational Research at Aarhus University, Education Counts (Iterative Best Evidence Synthesis) in New Zealand, Campbell Collaboration, What Works Clearinghouse and Wallace Foundation.

Published: 20.05.2015
Last updated 20.05.2015