Why engage in School-based Research?

Undertaking school-based research provides significant benefits to schools in areas of professional learning and teacher capacity building. Engaging in research allows educators to deepen their understanding of teaching and learning practices, leading to improved instructional strategies and curriculum development. At a time when curriculum renewal is ever-present, supporting educators in this way is critical.

School-based research encourages collaboration and knowledge sharing within your school community, enhancing professional dialogue and fostering a culture of continuous improvement.

Ultimately, engaging in school-based research can empower teachers to take ownership of their professional learning, resulting in enhanced teacher capacity and improved student outcomes.

What is School-based Research?

School-based research can take many forms, ranging from individual teachers researching a particular class to whole-school studies. Research varies according to context, but always involves collecting data and analysing findings to generate knowledge and insights.
School-based research can relate to specific teaching and learning practices, curriculum development, student and staff wellbeing, school and government policies, and many other areas.
Depending on the focus, research can also involve collaboration between professional researchers, educators, and students to explore and address specific educational challenges.

How can The Evidence Institute help?

To support your staff to undertake and use research effectively in your school, The Evidence Institute provides customised consultancy services to meet your specific needs.
We work closely with you to understand your desired outcomes and design a personalised approach to deliver targeted solutions. This takes into consideration the unique circumstances, goals, and requirements of your school community.

Professional Learning Pathway example

The Evidence Institute can support your team of educators and leaders in embarking on or advancing your school-based research endeavours. We offer tailored consultations, spanning half-day, full-day, or extended multi-day formats, all designed to meet your specific needs. The following is an outline of the Teacher Inquiry for Teaching Practice course which can also be run on site at your school across the year.

Session 1: Developing the Research Focus

  • Creating the research question(s)
  • Undertaking a literature 

Session 2: Creating the 
Research Design

  • Choosing the research method(s)
  • Planning for data collection and analysis

Session 3: Turning Data 
into Evidence

  • Undertaking analysis and generating insights
  • Determining action to be taken as a result

Session 4: Sharing the Research

  • Writing up the research
  • Knowledge translation (effective and efficient sharing of research findings and evidence)