Three case studies reveal the growing use of action research, a process where teachers assess teaching and learning to improve both teacher and student learning, in this whole-school video for primary and secondary teachers.
Each of these case studies highlights the way in which action research projects can work within a school and provides a valuable insight into the problems that various schools have faced.
St George’s Primary School in Birmingham started an action research project due to the high level of newly arrived children at the school. Their research led to the development of a welcome pack that gave children a defined focus for action.
At Colmore Infant and Nursery School in south Birimingham, reading at KS1 had been identified as a development priority for teachers. Their research project led to the introduction of a succesful bookmark scheme that encouraged more reading at home.
At Douay Martyrs School in Middlesex, head of Year 11 Simon Cheale is engaged in action research as part of his school-based MA in education. His research is centred on a motivational scheme for improving boys’ performance at GCSE level.
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is a lead school which is used as the support mechanism for the Catalyst Academies Trust. This is a specialist primary sponsor, which is supported by a centrally based team of experts, whose roles cover school improvement, professional development and operations. Commitment to the collaborative dimension of the work is demonstrated by all senior leaders in both schools involved through time and resources allocated. As with Cordingley (2003) our research acknowledges that teachers needed to be at the heart of the work in order for it to be successfully maintained. Over the past 5 years the school has been involved in a number of in-house action research projects which have led to the development of the Dikes Best Methods Manual.
With the support of Expansive Education Dilkes Academy will continue to drive forward with its action research exploring the notion of developing a ‘Growth Mindset’ using work from Carol Dweck as well as Geoff Petty and John Hattie.
Dilkes which is part of the Thurrock cluster of schools is staging its own innovative Teacher Awards ceremony
in November and in the Summer of 2015 eedNET will be collaborating with them to publish the Thurrock Journal of Expansive education to showcase action research undertaken by its teachers.