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Action research

Learn how to undertake action research
The modules in this course will provide you with a deeper understanding of what action research is and the skills required to conduct your own action research project.

Whether you are seeking to maintain accreditation at the level of Proficient Teacher or wish to build an evidence base before applying for accreditation as a Highly Accomplished Teacher, each module in this course will provide you with accredited hours of professional learning.

To receive accreditation at the Highly Accomplished Teacher level you are required to assemble evidence that shows you can support and assist less-experienced colleagues with all aspects of professional knowledge, practice and professional engagement. Compiling evidence of these skills is a component of this course. Each module will comprise 5 x two-hour workshops plus 10 hours of project time developing a portfolio and conducting a professional learning project.

Completing modules 1 and 2 of Action Research will contribute 20 hours each of NESA-registered professional development, addressing 6.1.3, 6.2.3 and 6.3.3 from the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers towards maintaining Proficient Teacher and Highly Accomplished Teacher Accreditation in NSW.

In this module you will learn to develop the research skills necessary to support an action-research inquiry. You will read and critique prior research focused on schools and classrooms, and use a range of data-collection strategies and methods of analysis appropriate to educational contexts. In conjunction with using the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers, throughout the module you will create an annotated portfolio of evidence that reflects your learning about action-research methodology.

You will be asked to bring your draft portfolio entries to discuss and reflect on with peers during the workshops. The entries should be completed progressively across the course. As this is a master's level unit of study, you will be expected to use American Psychology Association (APA) referencing throughout the portfolio entries when analysing readings. The portfolio will be due about two weeks after the final session of the module.

Required commitment (for 20 hours of accredited professional learning):
  • Attend all face-to-face workshop sessions. We recommend that pairs or small groups of participants who intend to conduct action research together enrol in this course together.
  • Complete data collection and analysis activities for discussion in workshop sessions.
  • Complete weekly assigned readings.
  • Further analyse evidence of research practice and annotate against Professional Teaching Standards.
  • Engage in feedback discussions with colleagues and presenter.
  • Develop a possible focus for an action-research project.
  • Complete an ongoing professional portfolio (3000 words) that includes the annotated documents, reflection about research practices and links to associated readings.
Professional portfolio of evidence requirements:
  • Personal profile of participant (400 words)
  • 4 x evidence samples of research practice, annotated using AITSL standards
  • 4 x critical analyses/journal entries linking the readings and the standards to evidence of research practice (each one approximately 450 words)
  • Outline of a possible action-research project (200 words)
  • Self-evaluation statement (200 words)
  • Reference list.

Building on the content of module 1, this module will support you to develop and lead an action-research project of your own design. You will work with the presenter and colleagues to:

  • refine the problem for your research project
  • design appropriate data-collection strategies
  • analyse data
  • report on findings.

Workshop content will be designed collaboratively to meet your learning needs and the demands of your project design. For example, this may include a workshop session on writing for publication, as a way to share findings with the broader education community.

As this is a master's level unit of study, you will be expected to use American Psychology Association (APA) referencing throughout the portfolio entries when analysing readings. The portfolio will be due approximately two weeks after the final session of the module.

Required commitment (for 20 hours of accredited professional learning):
  • Attend all face-to-face workshop sessions.
  • Establish an action-research team or partnership.
  • Negotiate regular research activity in line with the timeline for the project.
  • Collect, analyse and discuss data and findings with presenter and colleagues.
  • Complete an ongoing action-research report (equivalent to 3000 words) that documents the inquiry process related to the identified focus.
Requirements of the inquiry report (equivalent to 3000 words):
  • Introduction (yourself, your situation, the participants, your research problem and the reasons for choosing it).
  • An account of the design and what happened in each cycle of research action.
  • Critical analysis/reflection on the issues encountered.
  • Conclusion (what you learned, your recommendations for change and suggestions for further research action inquiry.

Cost

Each module costs $770* per person including GST. Individual schools or communities of schools who have a minimum of 20 participants and a venue for the workshops can contact us to discuss a reduced rate.

Upon completion of both modules, you may request to have this course assessed for credit towards a Master of Education.

* Subject to change. If you wish to credit the course towards a Master of Education, an additional fee is charged in line with our postgraduate coursework fees.

Registration

Registrations are currently closed.

Please check our calendar for details of our scheduled conferences, short courses and workshops.

Presenter

Dr Debra Talbot

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