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Building Sustainable Communities - Action Research

The action-research groups have determined their own focus and enquiry questions.

See the notes from the first session, a test-bed for ideas, and this page offers miscellaneous inspiration.

Activities that impact on classroom practice

1. Opportunities to learn from and with other teachers, in their own or other schools:

  • By observing colleagues teaching and discussing what they have observed
  • Through collaboration enquiry into real school improvement problems, drawing on best practice in developing solutions
  • By taking part in coaching or mentoring

2. High quality focused training on specific skill areas, underpinned by excellent teaching materials and direct support to apply their teaching back in the classroom.

Furthermore research shows that successful professional development is characterised by:

  • the chance to experiment with new ideas
  • the opportunity to understand the rationale behind those ideas
  • the opportunity to have explicit coaching and feedback
  • the chance to reflect on practice
  • support by headteachers
  • participation in wider teacher networks.

DfEE (2001) Learning and teaching: a strategy for professional development, London: DfEE. Quoted in Lofthouse, R and Leat, D (2006) Research in geographical education in Balderstone, D (ed) Secondary Geography Handbook, Sheffield: Geographical Association.

The research engaged school

'The research engaged school is one in which teachers believe it is in their interest, and in theinterest of their pupils, to be critical of received wisdom, to be sceptical of easy answers, tohave a desire for evidence and to foster "aggressive curiosity".'

Handscombe, G. and Macbeath, J. (2003) The Research Engaged School, Chelmsford: Essex County Council.


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