Educational research that is relevant within the actual policy context, timely, conceptually ambitious, culturally sensitive and, above all, of convincing scientific quality is now essential for the long-term success of Europe. The paper is identifying the key problems that European research in education and training is presently faced with.

The Policy Paper proposes concrete initiatives and recommendations for actions by EU institutions, national governments and other stakeholders of education and training sytems:

  • to promote educational innovation research and its coordination by well-organized measures at EU and national level,
  • to increase the relevance of educational research in Europe, and
  • to evaluate and systematically utilize research results,

thus maximizing the impact of research on innovation and effectiveness of education and training systems and to better link policy, research and innovative practice.

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