Curriculum innovation in a primary classroom: Action research

Curriculum innovation in a primary classroom: Action research

By Soledad García Güemes; Elia Fernández-Díaz

This work explores a process of reflection accompanying an innovation in a 5th grade primary class at a public school in Santander, Spain. Combining conceptualization of curricular innovation and action-research as the instrument for innovation and professional development, this work resulted in a deeper knowledge of the reality of the classroom, as well as contributing to the awareness of changes …

Cantabria, ES
Effects of Mindfulness Instruction on Children’s Cognitive and Behavioral Readiness for Learning (Grantee Research Outcome)

Effects of Mindfulness Instruction on Children’s Cognitive and Behavioral Readiness for Learning (Grantee Research Outcome)

By Kathryn Eaton

Learning and practicing skills such as mindfulness and yoga have been shown to provide students with tools they needed to self-regulate and manage the increasing demands placed upon them in the classroom. This project examined whether incorporating mindfulness and yoga provide the opportunity to reduce problems in school such as inattentiveness or acting out, while fostering skills for positive …

Spring Valley, CA, US
What impact do individualized teaching sessions have on learners with special needs?

What impact do individualized teaching sessions have on learners with special needs?

By Joanne Whiting

Facilitating the progress of children with moderate learning difficulties can be a challenge due to the poorer retention and memory that many of the children categorized in this group have. The aim of this study was to determine effects of an intervention which would not only enhance the children’s maths and reading abilities, but also positively impact on the children’s views of self-efficacy. Based on the principles of Direct Instruction and ….

Wellingborough, ENG, GB
Invited article: Personalized Professionalization in Pedagogical Fields through Practitioner Research

Invited article: Personalized Professionalization in Pedagogical Fields through Practitioner Research

By Katharina Heissenberger

The concept “Personalized Professionalization in Pedagogical Fields through Practitioner Research” (PPS-PR) is based on the assumption that the professionalization of prospective teachers can be fostered by actively carrying out practitioner-research projects during internships. The research project aimed at examining the concept “PPS-PR.” The research question addressed ….

Graz, AT
Creating a happy and active learning environment

Creating a happy and active learning environment

By Yvonne Samarawickrama

The objective of this practitioner-research was to determine if the new motivational and instructional strategies that I planned to implement would help create a classroom environment in which students feel safe and enjoy learning and collaborating with their peers. I wanted to create a space for all the students to express their feelings and emotions freely and openly so that they would have a relaxed mind for productive classroom activities, and for absorbing …

Colombo, LK
High School to Community College – Preparing For Transition (Grantee Research Outcome)

High School to Community College – Preparing For Transition (Grantee Research Outcome)

By Daniela Azuela; Becky May; Rina Ortega

The main goal of the project was to provide high school seniors with the knowledge and preparation necessary to thrive in their educational experience once they move on to Community College. A collaborative action research team developed a program to reach the project goal. Students participated in guidance lessons, an online application process and group …

Fremont, CA, US
Engaging children and parents in Homework

Engaging children and parents in Homework

By Claire Dunn

The goal of this project was to re-write a whole school approach to homework to fully engage children and parents in this aspect of learning. Surveys completed by children and parents as part of this research project indicated dissatisfaction on both parts with the previous approach to homework. In school, we work hard to develop confident, independent learners who are able to reflect on their learning …

Doncaster, ENG, GB