STNE Perspectives on Learning Seminar 18 March 2008. Teacher Engagement with Action Research Dean Robson, Kevin Stelfox Helen Celnik, Gregor Watson. STNE Research Impetus 2007. Program/ Course Evaluation and Student Data Action Research Initiatives Learning Projects.
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STNE Perspectives on Learning Seminar
18 March 2008
Teacher Engagement with Action Research
Dean Robson, Kevin Stelfox
Helen Celnik, Gregor Watson
STNE Research Impetus 2007
Teaching and Research
“Teachers engaging in research is a third seed of professional knowledge creation.” Hargreaves (1999)
“What constitutes the relevance of research, for instance, depends to a large extent on what questions are being asked, in what context, and for what practical ends.” Davies (1999)
“…the uniqueness of each classroom setting implies that any proposal needs to be tested and verified and adapted by each teacher in her or his own classroom.” McIntyre (2005)
“The evidence indicates how teachers’ involvement and confidence can be built in expansive learning environments characterised by specialist support, collaborative working, and the development of mutual trust.” Brown (2005)
What is Action Research ?
‘Applied to classroom, action research is an approach to improving education through change, by encouraging teachers to become aware of their own practice, to be critical of that practice, and to be prepared to change it. It is participatory, in that it involves the teacher in his own enquiry, and collaborative, in that it involves other people as part of a shared enquiry. It is research WITH, rather than research ON’.
[McNiff, J (1988) Action Research Principles and Practice. Basingstoke:MacMillan Education]
ACTION research investigates everyday problems experienced by teachers
Why Action Research ?
Defining the Action Research Learning Community
AR Community Schematic
Baseline Pupil Measures
End-point Pupil Measures
ACTION RESEARCH SCHOLARS
A R Conferences
BEd3 Group Research
BEd4 Individual Action Research
Induction Year + Action Research
A R Scholarships
Pupil Gains – Policy Context
-Curriculum for Excellence
-Integrated Children's Services
their own learning and development
Towards a Definition
Two strands of pupil gains:
1)Young people’s attainment measured through standardised testing value added - subject based- cognitive gains
Towards a Definition
Exploratory research to develop
STNE AR Scholarships 2007
Some Examples (P&S) :
AR Scholar Experiences