Getting Started in Action Research (AR1)

Provider: The Expansive Education Network
£100.00 (no VAT on this item) Individual
£300.00 (no VAT on this item) Primary up to 4 teachers
£500.00 (no VAT on this item) Secondary up to 6 teachers

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Description 1. Learn how to do classroom-based action research from a respected university experienced in working with teachers and in a style to suit you (face to face, train the trainer or distance learning) 2. Join a secure online professional learning community devoted to expansive education and organise professional development with like-minded colleagues either locally or virtually 3. Publish your research and upload film of you in action (if you wish!) 4. Be part of something that really matters.
Duration 2 hours (1st of 3 workshops)

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Learning outcomes for participants/users and, where relevant, pupils or students

eedNET is a membership organisation set up to:

  • encourage local networking, idea sharing and professional development between professionals who are passionate about expansive education
  • enable teachers to learn how to undertake action research and carry out and publish their own enquiries into expansive education.

In addition our website acts as a focal point for those interested in expansive education.

Evidence underpinning this approach

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for teachers has an important role to play in enhancing both teaching quality and learning outcomes, but it is relatively recently that we have really begun to understand which kinds of CPD are most effective.


There is now a considerable body of evidence to suggest that one of the most powerful forms of CPD occurs when teachers undertake their own classroom based inquiries, using a form of action research, and share their outcomes in a collaborative community of peers.


Research evidence from around the world on this topic suggests that four key claims can be made:


  • When teachers explicitly shift their role to become learners/researchers there is a positive impact on learning outcomes for students


  • Collaborative CPD is positively linked both to improvements in teacher performance and to learner outcomes


  • Theories of change which focus on engaging and supporting teachers work best


Meeting regularly in teacher learning communities with a focus on creating action plans to change practice is a good way of changing teachers’ habits. More evidence for our approach here in the latest digest (Dec 2014) Download eedNET research digest issue 8 (pdf)



How users/participants can evaluate success

In the course of regular workshops, following the regular curriculum, eedNET members are using small strategies and observations to develop their students’ learning and are in the habit of reflecting on and learning from the outcomes of their actions in the classroom.

Follow-up activities and support

Support from project researcher during the course of the AR

Cohort forum

Opportunity to present research at university conference

Can count toward MA credits with particpating universities


The first in a series of three professional development sessions, included in your membership.

Workshop contents:

  • The background and practice of action research
  • Practical guide to doing action research
  • Practical guide to publishing your action research
  • Produce your own action research action plan
  • A selected action research reading list


This course does not have any pre-booked dates available. Please contact the provider directly to arrange this training.