Research to Practice Initiative: Spiral of Inquiry

Research to Practice

If you are interested in learning more please contact Kelly Borg, Sue Pike or Philippa Miller.

Complete an Expression of Interest for 2020.

The AISNSW Research to Practice Initiative is designed to support classroom teachers and schools in being at the forefront of embedding evidence-based practice in teaching and learning in primary Science and Technology, as well as in using the NSW Science and Technology K-6 syllabus to ensure student achievement of the knowledge, understanding, skills, values and attitudes essential for them to succeed in and beyond their schooling.

Research to Practice is a year-long partnership between AISNSW and school teams. Using the Spiral of Inquiry framework for collaborative inquiry, together with the latest evidence in effective teaching and learning, teams engage with a dedicated AISNSW consultant and work together to improve the experience of their students in primary Science and Technology through analysing information collected about their students and about current classroom pedagogy, followed by the development and implementation of new professional learning and actions.

How does it work?

Schools commit to a year-long partnership with AISNSW, beginning in Term One of each school year.

As part of the partnership, schools will nominate a team of teachers who will:

  • participate in a one-day introductory event
  • receive regular, ongoing, tailored support from AISNSW consultants
  • have the opportunity to present findings from their involvement in the initiative at an AISNSW event.

Research to Practice reflects a co-contribution model whereby schools contribute $6000 per year and commit to releasing their team of teachers as appropriate for their active participation.  In return, AISNSW provides consultancy support and access to quality resources and professional learning.

Transform research into practice

Use latest research to inquire into current practice in primary science and technology teaching and learning and identify areas for quality improvement.

Focus on learners

Keep students at the centre of the inquiry; “What is going on for our learners?”, “How do we know?”, “Why does it matter?”

Promote teacher collaboration

Develop collective agency through teaching teams working as professional learning communities, with regular, ongoing support from AISNSW.