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Teacher-led professional development through a model of action research, collaboration and facilitation

Teacher-led professional development through a model of action research, collaboration and facilitation

Lambirth, A. ORCID: 0000-0001-5354-4915, Cabral, A. ORCID: 0000-0001-6668-8707, McDonald, R. ORCID: 0000-0003-1067-5362, Philpott, C., Brett, A. and Magaji, A. (2019) Teacher-led professional development through a model of action research, collaboration and facilitation. Professional Development in Education, 47 (5). pp. 815-833. ISSN 1941-5257 (Print), 1941-5265 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/19415257.2019.1685565)

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Abstract

This article addresses the need for ‘coherent, holistic frameworks offering insightful understandings as well as viable, connected and synergistic solutions to schools. We describe a model which emerged from a research study developed in the context of a professional development course attended by more than 150 teachers from primary and secondary schools in Southeast London and Kent (UK) in the last 4 years. The design was based on data collected through 28 interviews to participants, reports and evaluation surveys and field notes from facilitators. The model is particularly innovative because it portrays not only the process of facilitation of action research but also the process of collaboration between facilitators and participants. It identifies five steps of development of teacher-led action research and highlights the issues and challenges to be considered in each step: 1. Defining the field of action (motivations and concerns, finding a research focus and questioning); 2. Planning (time, research skills and criticality); 3. Action (power relations and ethical awareness); 4. Evaluation (professional judgement, peer review, theory and practice) and 5. Reflection/(Re)planning (transformation and sustained development). This model can be used as a framework to enhance the development of teacher-led research in schools.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: teacher-led research, professional learning, action research, models, facilitation and collaboration
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development
Faculty of Education, Health & Human Sciences > Institute for Lifecourse Development > Centre for Thinking and Learning
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2021 13:20
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
Selected for REF2021: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/29508

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