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Conducting research within the classroom is very valuable to the development of teaching and learning. Anything from effective assessment to managing behaviour can be the focus of thorough research without disrupting class time.
Action research enables teachers to reflect on what they would like to change, explore what others are doing in that field and experiment with practice in a controlled fashion.
This practical training support participants to improving teaching and learning through classroom-based research. The five units guide participants through two action research cycles to improve outcomes.
Each unit lasts about 1 hour 30 minutes, with a recommended gap of 3 weeks between each to give participants time to carry out the research. Participants are expected to conduct action research cycles within their own classroom time and to share their findings at each stage.
Aims and outcomes
- Offer a step-by-step guide for staff on how to successfully facilitate an effective action research project.
- Guide staff through two action research cycles.
- Encourage engagement in CPD: embed a culture of improvement underpinned by teacher-led evidence.
- Share results: successfully share outcomes of action research projects with your whole school community.
Unit 1: Benefits of action research
Unit 2: Suitable topics of research
Unit 3: Planning and running your project
Unit 4: Evaluating your research
Unit 5: What's next?