Insightful teaching – what role is there for research co-creation as professional development?
Lawson, F. and Lawson, M. 2022. Insightful teaching – what role is there for research co-creation as professional development?
|Authors||Lawson, F. and Lawson, M.|
This paper describes a partnership between an HEI Research Centre and an English secondary school and examines the extent to which co-creating research during a sustained project, contributed to teacher professional development.
Moreover, we discuss the practices that enabled participating teachers to develop their epistemic agency as co-creators of research within a whole school approach. Existing practitioner literature highlights the benefits of research engagement in individual schools and the importance of access to mentoring and research expertise (Sharp et al., 2006) alongside similar guidance for the role of researchers in offering a ‘guiding light’ (Sanders et al., 2006). However, this places research engagement within the framework of school improvement plans over a sustained ethos. Nelson and Sharples (2017) highlight that evidence-informed practice is often divided between desk-based “research” by teachers, separate from “academic research” by ‘universities or professional research organisations’ (Nelson and Sharples, 2017) a model which emphasises teachers’ as consumers rather than creators (Dimmock, 2016). McAleavy notes even where teachers and schools can have “research leads” they are ‘in uncharted waters without a compass. There is no blueprint for the work of the Research Lead and […] research activities in schools is not necessarily straightforward’ (McAleavy, 2015). Whilst this paper focuses one school, the findings are applicable to wider HEI-school partnerships.
We conclude by presenting interim results from staff and student data that evidences the impact participation has had on the school, and how the partnership has equipped teachers to investigate their own related practice enquiry.
|Keywords||Epistemic Insight; Co-created research; Professional development; Pedagogy|
|Conference||Teacher Education Advancement Network TEAN conference|
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|Funder||Templeton World Charity Foundation|
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|Deposited||18 Jul 2022|
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