Nina Hood & Sarah Mayo

Founder of The Education Hub / Knowledge Translation Manager
Speaking at


Bridging the research-practice divide: How schools can make more effective use of research and evidence

The gap between research and practice in education is well established. There is an apparent abundance of knowledge, developed by both researchers and practitioners, however, too little of this knowledge is routinely finding its way into the classroom or leading to changes in practice. This session will explore the challenges facing research and evidence use in education as well as presenting empirical research from the New Zealand context that demonstrates how teacher are (or are not) engaging with and utilisng research in their practice.

The session will further explore a series of principles that educators and schools can employ to support more effective use of research and evidence. We will draw on our work with The Education Hub, a not-for-profit with a mission to foster innovation and improvement in schools by bridging the gap between research and practice, to offer tangible strategies for supporting teachers to engage with and interrogate evidence and research, how to assimilate and interpret it in their individual contexts, and how to navigate new knowledge, which may not fit with their current working theories and beliefs. This will also include how teachers can use evidence to inform decision-making and to spark change and improvement in their teaching practice.


Nina Hood

Nina is the founder of The Education Hub, a not-for-profit with a mission to bridge the gap between research and practice in education. She is a trained secondary school teacher, and taught at Epsom Girls Grammar and Mt Roskill Grammar in Auckland. Nina undertook an MSc (with distinction) in learning and technology, and a DPhil in Education at the University of Oxford. Since returning to New Zealand in mid 2015 Nina has been employed as a lecturer at the Faculty of Education at the University of Auckland where she specialises in new technologies in education.

Sarah Mayo

Sarah manages The Education Hub’s knowledge translation work, creating trustworthy, relevant, and usable knowledge on topics that matter to educators. She has a PhD in English from the University of Canterbury. Her doctoral work explored how Shakespeare on film could support the teaching of the plays in secondary schools in ways that are responsive to the curriculum and also bring theoretical and socio-cultural perspectives to the study of Shakespeare. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Glen Eden Primary School.