At Claycots we promote the use of action based research in order to develop practice and improve children’s outcomes. Professional development plays a key role in providing the right support to the right person at the right time and our Enigma Pathways program is based on educational theories which support our staff in developing their own pedagogy and ethos within their classroom.
Action based research allows teachers to reflect and evaluate their teaching practice. By using aspects stated below, teachers are able to apply new knowledge to their teaching in a highly functional way. Action Research at Claycots often takes place as a working group in which ideas and questions are discussed and planned for. The process for effective action research takes place as:
A developed focus linking to an aspect within the school development plan or phase action plan
Identifying key questions linked to the focus
Researching theoretical approaches and educational philosophies
Action research, collecting information and data linking to the key question
Evaluating and analysing findings
Using the identified results to manage change
It is important to note that effective action based research is not an ‘add on’ to teacher’s schedules, it becomes a part of daily interactions and teaching. It provides deep insight into child development and supports professional growth such as cognitive reasoning, quantitative rationales and communication strategies.