Microteaching as a Method to Enhance Prospective Teachers’ Teaching Skills

Microteaching as a Method to Enhance Prospective Teachers’ Teaching Skills

By H.M. Nalini Dhammika Kumari

Microteaching and teaching practice are two integral parts of pre-service teacher education programmes. Microteaching has been used since the 1960s in teaching and learning environments including teaching practices of pre-service teachers. The emphasis of professional development in teacher education has been on . . .

Gampaha, LK
A Reflection from the Action Research Podcast Episode 19

A Reflection from the Action Research Podcast Episode 19

By Meagan Call-Cummings

This essay is a reflection on the Action Research Podcast, Episode 19. Dr. Patricia Maguire discusses feminisms and action research. I pull out some themes and thoughts listeners may find useful. When I began to listen to this Podcast, right off, I recognized myself in Dr. Maguire’s story. As she explains it, she came to action research – or participatory action research – as did I, from involvement in the international . . .

Fairfax, VA, US
Ethics in Action Research: AR Podcast Episode 17

Ethics in Action Research: AR Podcast Episode 17

By Shikha Diwakar

This article is a review of an episode of the Action Research Podcast. In Episode 17, co-hosts Adam Stieglitz (PhD candidate) and Dr. Joe Levitan talked with Dr. Mary Brydon-Miller about some of the tricky concepts like navigating power differentials as an action researcher; conventional versus covenantal ethics; challenges within IRB and the human subject review system; ethical imperialism; and why we need a new . . .

Montréal-Est, CA
A Reflection from the Action Research Podcast Episode 16

A Reflection from the Action Research Podcast Episode 16

By Adam Stieglitz

This article is a short reflection of The Action Research Podcast episode 16 with Dr. Deborah L Schussler, where we talk about how different methodological approaches relate to action research. I reflect on this episode from three different lenses: co-host, action researcher, and podcast listener. The Action Research Podcast is a recurring (iterative) podcast meant to bring action research theory and practice to . . .

Calca, PE
Action Research Tradition of Sports Sciences in Sri Lanka

Action Research Tradition of Sports Sciences in Sri Lanka

By Thanuja Liyanage

The Department of Sport Sciences and Physical Education, Sabaragamuwa University, Sri Lanka, has earned a reputation as a leader in sports education and has been recognized nationally since 2008 for the delivery of two full-time undergraduate degrees in Physical Education and Sport Sciences & Management. Students complete two action research studies in partial fulfillment of . . .

Colombo, LK
Increasing Student Learning and Interest in Agriculture Through Project-Based Learning

Increasing Student Learning and Interest in Agriculture Through Project-Based Learning

By Bradley Gannon

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. . .

Park City, UT, US
Welcome to The Action Research Podcast

Welcome to The Action Research Podcast

By Adam Stieglitz; Vanessa Gold; Shikha Diwakar; Joe Levitan

The purpose of this project is to expose a new form of knowledge inquiry and dissemination through the use of podcasting. Dr. Joe Levitan and Adam Stieglitz created “The Action Research Podcast” as an attempt to push back on the standard approach to accessing meaningful knowledge, specifically in the academic realm. As co-hosts, Adam and Joe feel it . . .

Calca, PE
What shall we do about the Children of the Pandemic?

What shall we do about the Children of the Pandemic?

By Teresa Snyder

I wrote this piece after hearing many of my peers expressing confounding perspectives on “learning loss” during a pandemic which has turned everyone’s life upside down. I published this on a Facebook page and was astonished at how far it has traveled and how many people around the globe have responded that it expressed their concerns as well. Ultimately, the piece has received about 1,000,000 global interactions in . . .

Schenectady, NY, US
Room 7 and a Feminist Participatory Action Research Website

Room 7 and a Feminist Participatory Action Research Website

By Patricia Maguire

This short essay explores why I recently created a website to digitally codify a slice of my life work in feminist participatory action research and teacher action research. My website – part repository, part memoir – includes freely downloadable PDF files of publications, presentations, and teaching resources. In this essay, I briefly explore why I included personal Backstories to . . .

Saint Augustine Beach, FL, US
Strengthening Critical-Thinking Skills of Science Students in Sri Lanka

Strengthening Critical-Thinking Skills of Science Students in Sri Lanka

By Thanuja Perera

Scientific literacy and critical thinking are key components of science education aiming to prepare students to think and function as responsible citizens in a world where science and technology play a key role. Students should be given opportunities to engage in learning experiences that promote development of critical-thinking skills, resulting in their ability to take . . .

Negombo, LK
Power in schools: An ex-teacher returns as a researcher

Power in schools: An ex-teacher returns as a researcher

By Dave McPartlan

This writing is for teachers who are either returning to schools to conduct research or are hoping to conduct research within their own institution. I explore how my previous role may have been seen by the young people within the school and how that impacted on the young people’s perceptions of me. The aim of the writing is to reflect on my preparation to conduct qualitative research on power in a school where I . . .

Hexham, ENG, GB
Think on matters positively: The impact of Covid-19 in Sri Lankan society

Think on matters positively: The impact of Covid-19 in Sri Lankan society

By Ushara Shamini

This essay is my self-reflection, as a young person, about the pre Covid-19 society and Covid-19 society of Sri Lanka. There has been a vast change in Sri Lankan society during this Covid-19 pandemic. As we are a developing country this pandemic hits everyone’s life. However, when I reflected on lives during Covid-19 I found that there are many positive impacts of the pandemic . . .

Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte, LK
Bridging the achievement gap: The educational success of African students in the U.K.

Bridging the achievement gap: The educational success of African students in the U.K.

By Henry Iberi

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 . . .

Wolverhampton, ENG, GB
Una experiencia docente en modalidad virtual / A Teaching Experience in Virtual Mode

Una experiencia docente en modalidad virtual / A Teaching Experience in Virtual Mode

By Karina Cruz-Pallares

The text describes the situation generated in a Normal School in northern Mexico as a result of the health contingency caused by COVID-19, and mainly highlights the prompt organization of teachers and students to continue the 2019-20 school year online. The main problems faced result from economic needs that limit the possibilities of relying on permanent . . .

Chihuahua, MX
“This is Not Teaching”: The Effects of COVID-19 on Teachers

“This is Not Teaching”: The Effects of COVID-19 on Teachers

By Joel Judd; Betty Ann Rember; Tony Pellegrini; Brian Ludlow; John Meisner

This Project was initiated to shed light on teachers’ experiences as a result of this Spring’s school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020. Its primary goal was to understand teachers’ experiences with mandated online schooling. Related goals included gathering information about . . .

Cedar City, UT, US
COVID-19: An Experience by a School Staff Coping with the Crisis

COVID-19: An Experience by a School Staff Coping with the Crisis

By Deborah Dobransky

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 . . .

Rio Rancho, NM, US
The Triple Jeopardy for Muslim Women in Educational Leadership

The Triple Jeopardy for Muslim Women in Educational Leadership

By Shasha Dhesi

The aim of this research is to explore real life experiences of Muslim women in education and educational leadership. It aims to promote an awareness and discussion of the unique experiences of Muslim women and highlights the discrimination and inequities that they face. It gives Muslim women a platform to voice their perceptions and experiences of . . .

Royal Leamington Spa, ENG, GB
Is staff collaboration in sharing practices deemed beneficial?

Is staff collaboration in sharing practices deemed beneficial?

By Sobia Ellahee

The project goal was to establish the need for staff collaboration, with subsequent regular staff meetings to address identified issues. The project took place at an educational centre in Dubai. An initial staff meeting was conducted to obtain ideas about collaboration and identify attitudes of colleagues towards staff collaboration, with information about the focus of the meeting emailed to staff prior to the meeting. . . .

Dubai, AE
The Impact of Learners’ Peer Reviewing on Lecturers’ Assessment Marking Time

The Impact of Learners’ Peer Reviewing on Lecturers’ Assessment Marking Time

By Adam Peters

Marking across vocational courses in Further Education (FE) is a substantial contributor to lecturer workload. With lecturers potentially marking hundreds of assignments per academic year, any strategy to reduce marking time could contribute towards the development of internal policy to manage workload and improve marking/grading processes. One process . . .

London, ENG, GB
Changing teacher perspectives: Game-based scenario writing

Changing teacher perspectives: Game-based scenario writing

By Christien Overdiep; André Koffeman

A group of Dutch teachers, as part of their Master’s programme, developed a game that allows teachers to break free from their day-to-day affairs and reflect on futures by designing scenarios about the future of their school. In this game-based approach the journey of scenario exploration is composed of seven steps: (1) choice of a theme and timeframe, (2) selection of …

Utrecht, NL
Mastering Basic Facts through the Reflex Program (Grantee Research Outcome)

Mastering Basic Facts through the Reflex Program (Grantee Research Outcome)

By Barbara Dotson

Most of the students in my intensive math class are multiple years below grade level and struggle with basic math facts. To help students recall the basic facts with automaticity so they can solve more advanced math problems without being hindered by their lack of basic skill, I implemented the Reflex program, a game-based computer program that was . . .

La Presa, CA, US
Reading Without Walls: Fostering Diverse Reading Interests (Grantee Research Outcome)

Reading Without Walls: Fostering Diverse Reading Interests (Grantee Research Outcome)

By Mary Ellen Shu

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 . . .

Spring Valley, CA
Developing Academic Literacy at the University of Cumbria

Developing Academic Literacy at the University of Cumbria

By Kaz Stuart

This paper explores academic literacy development from the perspective of social capital, identity and communities of practice. Many universities are widening participation for social justice and financial imperatives. The arrival of increasingly diverse students is not, however, always matched with flexible approaches to developing academic literacy. 65% of our students are ‘non-traditional’ and we are challenged with supporting their …

Penrith, ENG, GB
Leadership and School Effectiveness: Teachers’ Work Lives and Professionalism

Leadership and School Effectiveness: Teachers’ Work Lives and Professionalism

By Effimia Stavrea

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 . . .

Oxford, ENG, GB
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 . . .

Cantabria, ES