At NSFG we have an embedded research culture. Collaborative professional learning and research engagement is the norm.
We recognise that a culture of enquiry, underpinned by an understanding of research, is most likely to bring about changes to teaching and learning outcomes, and as such, we are participating with a team of academics from the University of Greenwich, to support professional development through the use of action research.
Our NQTs, are, as part of their Induction programme, participating in one cycle of action research across this academic year. The action research projects are bespoke to the individual, informed by NQT assessment and departmental priorities.
Sample project titles:
History: (Year 8 EAL students)
Improving the approach to and use of higher ability sources. Investigating and trialling strategies to bring about improved learning outcomes.
Art: (Year 7 Foundation learners)
Use of the Parnes model to support the teaching of problem solving skills. Use of questioning to develop a chart to show changing confidence. Use of leadership to enhance creativity.
Maths: (Year 8)
Research is based on the assumption that the geometric reasoning in today’s education is put down to a minimum and some main links which contribute to the general understanding of mathematics in children’s mathematical development are not there to support the process.
The research project focuses on showing how the geometrical approach to multiplication and division can help a lot in the understanding of the way in which many topics in mathematics work. This idea can be used for introducing algebra, which is one of the least understood topics by the children at all times. The idea is based on the Euclidian geometry and deals with adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing constructible numbers from the real axis.
An exploratory study into key stage five skills of analysis and evaluation, with the introduction of specific evaluative terminology which was used to track the students’ progression over the course of learning.
Our NQTs have been supported through twilight sessions which guide the planning and implementation of the project. Access to research literature from the University of Greenwich has formed the platform which the project has evolved. Discussion around the use of methodology and data collection techniques has allowed the NQTs to now implement their action research projects.
Thursday 11th October 2018
Thursday 7th November 2018
Thursday 6th December
Thursday 4th March 2019
Thursday 20th June 2019
Michelle Best: M.Best@greenwich.ac.uk
Alison Hales A.I.Hales@greenwich.ac.uk