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Action Research Fellowships

Action Research Fellowships were launched by OCL in 202-13.  Colleagues with an interest in researching an aspect of their classroom practice are invited to apply for a fellowship.  Once accepted on the programme, fellows are given an understanding of the action research cycle and the support of a mentor/coach as they navigate from identifying the research question through to gathering the evidence, analysing the results and evaluating its success.

Some of the research projects of the past include:

  • the optimal learning environment
  • bringing linguistic corrective feedback to the mainstream classroom
  • Developing assessment systems to diagnose students' learning needs in Science and Maths
  • Safer spaces: increasing LGBT inclusion in the classroom

Some of the research has been developed beyond their own classroom to the rest of the deparment and in some cases to whole school professional development programmes or interest at a county level.

As for past research fellows, some have gone on to the Enhanced Masters programme or taken up a research role within their school or continue to apply the knowledge gained to be a reflective practitioner seeking ways of continually improving their teaching and learning. 

Please ask the Research Champion in your school or CPD coordinator about opportunities to be involved.  We will be recruiting for a new cohort of Action Research Fellows in the first term of the new academic year.