Our latest Forum was held at Plymouth College on 28 November where we were joined by Claire Collins, OTLA English programme lead for the ETF, and Dr Catherine McParland who shared their experiences of running action research (AR) projects in the post-16 sector, warts and all, and offered some practical suggestions to support AR projects. Claire and Catherine focussed on how project leaders can:
Claire and Catherine emphasised ‘trustworthy triangulation’; in terms of the different stages of research (before, during and after teaching and learning sessions) and in terms of the people participating (e.g. teachers, their peers and their learners). They reminded us that action research is ‘systematic enquiry made public’ (Stenhouse, 1983) highlighting the importance of sharing our knowledge widely within the sector, so that voices from the ground shape our shared understanding of what works, where and why.
Claire and Catherine drew on their current and previous work, the findings of which can be seen in some of the following AR summaries:
Further information on the Centres for Excellence in Maths programme can be found on the CfEM webpages.