I usually write about ICT and SEN but found this article interesting both as a teacher and a researcher. I feel that collaborative inquiry amongst teachers from similar disciplines a great way to engage and motivate teachers and students. It sounds simple but the usual excuses of not enough time or finances seems to impede such things. So why not consider the long view and get senior management teams to consider planning a three year programme. MirandaNet can help put the academic element together with you and this would benefit the school in several ways:-
- relates the the real issues of classroom practise
- combines theory and practise whilst teaching a theoretical method to those unfamiliar with it.
- sense of achievement through being in control of the research
- joint ownership of the approach that is…
- .. non-threatening due to peer mentoring
- fresh ideas and new directions can emerge through the process of research
- and a nice carrot of a certificate or outcome that is tangible would be good but I am sure not always certain.
Anyway, why not read for yourself and make some enquiries from Dr Gary Jones, University of Bristol, about it as an alternative to your usual CPD:-
Collaborative Inquiry for Teachers and Pupils