Practitioner Research Program
There is growing interest in the effectiveness of practitioner research for promoting teachers’ professional learning, particularly as systemic requirements for engagement in and with research and making evidence-based decisions gain momentum. Findings from studies demonstrate that teachers who participate in practitioner research exhibit professional growth in terms of research skills and other professional outcomes, such as enhanced classroom or school-wide practice.
The Practitioner Research Program will provide you with the skills to design, enact and disseminate robust research relevant to your practice. You will enhance your capacity to engage with research as a critical consumer and in research as a practitioner researcher, and you will enjoy the opportunity to share research outcomes with colleagues.
In this six-phase, multi-modal program, you will select an area of interest to research. You will be mentored and provided with training in each phase of the research process – from identifying the research question right through to research methods, data collection and analysis, and interpretation of findings. You will be required to conduct parts of the research process in your own time, such as writing short summaries, reading articles and collecting data. Examples of past research projects include influencing parent engagement; the use of explicit feedback to enhance children’s writing; ways to support teachers in the teaching of reading; and the factors influencing the ways in which teachers plan and enact the curriculum.
- Phase 1 – Program Preparation
- Phase 2 – Two One-day Workshops
- Phase 3 – Online Mentoring
- Phase 4 – Two One-day Workshops
- Phase 5 – Online Discussion
- Phase 6 – Two One-day Workshops
- OPTIONAL Phase 7 – Prepare a written article for submission to a relevant journal
Suitable for: The program is particularly suited to school leaders, heads of department and those aspiring to the recently announced positions of Highly Accomplished and Lead Teacher by providing experience with the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers – Standard 6 and elements of Standards 1, 2, and 3.
Examples of Research Topics Undertaken by 2019 Program Participants:
- Purpose: to analyse the strategies used in a Year 8 mathematics classroom to elicit thinking in the classroom. This study explored the translating a framework for formative assessment into experiences in the mathematics classroom aiming to elicit thinking and make it visible.
- Purpose: to understand what influences the subject selections that male students in Year 9 and Year 10 make when they move from middle to senior school.
- Purpose: to what extent does an inquiry-based model of solving open-ended problems improve Year 8 students’ cognitive strategies and engagement when solving generic mathematical problems?
- Purpose: to investigate the impacts of data collection in a Queensland Primary School.
- Purpose: to investigate the impact of the school’s global citizenship education program on the Year 12 students to be “active citizens in a global society”.
- Purpose: to investigate English teachers’ conceptualisations of effective analytical writing and writing interventions.