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An investigation into the effectiveness of the T-REX digital badge in improving research self-efficacy and attitudes to evidence-based practice in a sample of teachers working in Ireland

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posted on 2023-04-06, 11:19 authored by Ciarán Carr

This study examined the impact of a pilot Digital Badge introduction to research training on research self-efficacy (RSE), attitudes to evidence-based practice (EBP), knowledge of EBP and knowledge of wellbeing literature in a sample of teachers working in Ireland (N=10), as informed by Community of Practice theory, using an explanatory mixed-methods design. Through paired-samples t-test, significant differences in terms of RSE, attitudes to EBP and knowledge of EBP were observed. Through interview (n=8), participants detailed the importance of applying evidence to practice and how the research skills learned could be applied to different wellbeing issues that may present in the classroom.



  • Faculty of Education and Health Sciences


  • Master (Research)

First supervisor

Jennifer McMahon

Second supervisor

Marie Ryan

Other Funding information

This research was funded by the Research Alive consortium comprising of the Teaching Council of Ireland, The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment and the Centre for Effective Services

Department or School

  • Psychology