Educational action research seems wonderful on paper, where teachers actively participate in developing themselves, learning from each other and trying to improve classrooms, schools, and education systems. However, in reality, the use of action research in education can be a daunting task, and depending on the education policy direction underlying its use in an education system can be anything but a wonderful experience. This essay . . .
This essay offers an overview of the purpose of Action Research Communities (ARCs) in the Action Research Network of the Americas (ARNA) and our role as ARC Co-Chairs in promoting and supporting the ARCs before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. The essay begins with a . . .
Since 2017, the Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS) has supported members to undertake year-long action research projects which contribute to their own professional learning. This EIS Action Research Grants scheme offers up to 20 EIS members each year a small financial . . .
Our global population continues to increase and so must our food production. However, literatures indicate that fewer people have access to safe or sufficient food sources. This research is intended to address this problem, as we look at ways to increase middle school student interest in agriculture, including food production, distribution, and agricultural technology. . .
Project-based education was first introduced to the education system of Sri Lanka through the “Handessa” scheme of 1932. Subsequently projects were included in the General Certificate of Education Advanced Level curriculum by the educational reforms introduced in 1972, 1997 and 2007. In the 1997 reform, all . . .
It is widely documented that white working-class children are underperforming academically compared to peers from ethnic minority backgrounds. Consequently, opportunities for higher education and well-regarded careers are often foreclosed for these young people. There is a perception, albeit contested, that this pattern of underperformance is rooted in . . .
The creation of a virtual classroom for special education students, as a result of physical school closures due to the COVID-19 virus, offered many challenges including the need to create temporary educational plans and to learn the mechanics of online service delivery. Unexpected and positive outcomes of the virtual classroom included improved therapist and teacher . . .
Graphic novelist, cartoonist, and teacher, Gene Yang, chose his platform, “Reading Without Walls” (Yang, 2016), to challenge America’s youth to read a book about a character that did not look or live like the reader themselves or a book about a topic that the reader knew nothing about. The goal of this project was to explore . . .
This study explored teacher professionalism, perceptions, as well as factors that impact upon their performance and the role of leadership in the enhancement of teacher effectiveness. As the teaching profession has been through harrowing times and the recruitment and retention issue has been a major focus of public attention in the U.K., this study . . .
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 . . .
Effects of Mindfulness Instruction on Children’s Cognitive and Behavioral Readiness for Learning (Grantee Research Outcome)
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 . . .
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 math and reading abilities, but also positively impact on the . . .
Invited article: Personalized Professionalization in Pedagogical Fields through Practitioner Research
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 . . .
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 . .
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 . . .
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 . . .