Now in its fourth year, the AIS Education Research Council’s School Based Research Project Initiative continues to attract a diverse range of high quality research project applications. Twelve projects have completed to date, with seven currently underway. Together they illustrate the broad range of timely topics of interest to independent schools across New South Wales. Common to all projects is a focus on improving educator practice and student outcomes.
Selected school research teams consist of practising educators and/or school leaders, who are mentored by at least one specialist academic from around the globe. This approach to supporting the research process ensures a robust investigation, and affords professional learning on topics and the fundamentals of undertaking of quality research. As a result of this model, practitioner researchers are able to produce high quality, rigorous research that reflects their experience, perspectives and contexts.
In 2016, four schools were successful in being selected for AISNSW funding and support to undertake research in their school contexts:
- Kincoppal-Rose Bay School Growing minds
- Kinross Wolaroi School Collaborative approaches to programming and teaching primary science: Opportunities and impacts
- MUSEC School Schema-based instruction and maths problem solving
- RIDBC Thomas Pattison School The development of an online assessment tool for Auslan
This Brief summarises their progress to the mid-point of their research endeavours, and outlines what their second year will hold.
Download the Brief to read about each of these exciting projects.