The role of the practitioner researcher
The overall aim of the initiative is to trial, capture, evaluate and share first-hand evidence of positive impact in the classroom which will beneficial to the school as well as other teachers seeking to raise standards in mathematics throughout Wales.
Practitioner researchers will collect data from a range of evidence bases to support their own professional learning and evaluations and will evidence the impact of changes made and measures taken through a range of observations, including outcomes of assessment information, where relevant. The work will involve sharing findings with other researchers in the project, as well as the wider teacher community. Practitioner researchers will be encouraged to collaborate with other teachers interested in developing practice in similar areas of study, and to use this opportunity to trial ideas and secure evidence to show that these approaches can be transferred effectively to other classrooms.
The outcomes of the research will be written up as national case studies and shared with mathematics educators across Wales.
Read the practitioner researcher biographies by downloading the document below.
How will it work in practice?
Practitioner researchers will be conducting research mostly in their school or college and in their own classroom, although it is anticipated that this may involve their colleagues and their students in the research project. Practitioner researches will also need to spend some time away from school for attending NNEM events such as; a briefing session, research planning event and a writing-up event.
The National Research Coordinator for Practitioner Research will work with practitioner researchers to help them with their research topic, guide them through existing research, help plan and execute the project, and to write up the results. The Coordinator and NNEM will also help in providing opportunities for effective dissemination of the research findings. Practitioner researchers will be encouraged to liaise with other researchers in mathematics teaching in Wales and beyond.
Why action research?
Empowering teachers to enable them to play an active part in building new approaches, and recycling existing expertise should provide a solution for a sustainable teacher professional development and thus a step towards delivering an excellent mathematics education to students of all ages, abilities and career aspirations.
Read more about action research by downloading the document below.