Action research is a theoretical framework which can empower teachers to develop as reflective practitioners. As a set of principles, it can be a useful framework which practitioners use to look at their practice, take action to improve it and produce evidence to show its impact.
This course will introduce practitioners to the world of action research and support them as they investigate a particular area of their practice. It will be a blend of seminar sessions and independent work, and there must be a strong commitment to undertaking elements of the research between group sessions.
This course is appropriate for practitioners who are motivated, and able to work independently, to explore in some depth a particular area of their practice. This course could follow on effectively from the NQT year and is therefore appropriate for second year teachers and beyond.
The programme will support practitioners to engage with action research, encouraging teachers to reflect upon their practice through effecting a positive change in their setting and evaluating the impact. The approach will provide a forum to reflect upon and disseminate research. The morning session will be structured input and the afternoon will give practitioners the opportunity to carry out their research and collate findings. Teachers will present their action research projects at the end of the programme.