Online course: Getting Started in Action Research(eednetDL)

Provider: The Expansive Education Network
£300.00 (no VAT on this item) Primary - 4 teachers
£500.00 (no VAT on this item) Secondary - 6 teachers
£100.00 (no VAT on this item) Individual
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Description What is the Expansive Education Network (eedNET)? A community of schools, colleges and universities that believe education is a preparation for the future; who actively become learners in their own classrooms to deliver outstanding education. What does eedNET do? The Expansive Education Network (eedNET) offers the support, resources and training to develop teachers as learners of their own practice, which is proven to have positive effects on student learning. What support and training is offered? We encourage our members to undertake Action Research, a form of teacher enquiry carried out in the classroom. You will be invited to a series of online workshops to get you started in this practice.
Duration 3 x 1.5 hr sessions

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

What is Action Research?
Action Research is carried out in the classroom, usually over the period of a term. Posing the question, “If I do x, will y happen?” the teacher will apply a different strategy or intervention to a particular challenge or situation, and observe the results.

Action Research encourages teachers to take small steps as part of their regular practice to develop desirable learning dispositions.

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

What kinds of questions are explored in Action Research?
- If I encourage my pupils to develop growth mindsets, will their resilience improve?
- If I stop answering my Year 5 pupils’ questions, will their resourcefulness improve?
- Does extended project work develop reflectiveness in my year 9 Design and Technology students?

- If I encourage my year 8 pupils to actively monitor their levels of concentration, will their absorption improve?
- If year 10 students identify and undertake one new risk a week, will it increase their ability to seek and embrace new experiences?

Follow-up activities and support

Extra support is available from our researchers based at Winchester University


What commitment does it need?
Over the course of the term, you will need to put a few hours into planning, a couple of hours analysing data, and a few hours writing up your findings.

For your Action Research enquiry, you will also attend three online workshop sessions of around 1.5 hours each or as twilight sessions after school and hosted by your nearest facilitating University or Learning Partnership.

We also ask that you bring rigour, discipline and passion to your teaching and enquiry.

The first Workshop introduces the idea of Action Research, and gets you to frame your first questions.

The second Workshop looks at how you will carry out your research, what you will measure and how you will present your data.

The third Workshop is a sharing of findings

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