Action research allows teachers to formally explore the impact of their teaching.
In partnership with OISE/U of T, all apprentice teachers are enrolled in a course entitled Teacher Induction: Applying the Research to Design and Delivering Impactful Learning. The course is delivered at Âé¶¹ÊÓÆµ’s Centre for Teaching and Learning and is connected to research and experience.
A key part of the course is an action research project. This project reflects our apprentices teachers' learning and commitment to continuous improvement.
What is action research?
Action research encourages teachers to develop and investigate a question based on their observations about their professional practice. Teachers develop an action plan to investigate:
What is needed?
Teachers can investigate their question using photos, videos, surveys, observations, focus groups and interviews. Their findings often lead to more questions and suggestions for next steps in developing teaching practices.
Why is action research important?
This method is a wonderful way to encourage teachers to reflect on and develop their teaching skills. Action research:
Helps teachers learn how to use inquiry and an action plan to inform their teaching and plan for next steps towards continuous improvement.
Helps teachers stay focused on impactful teaching strategies.
Engages teachers in staying up to date with the latest research and implementing that research in the classroom
We acknowledge with gratitude the Ancestral lands upon which our main campus is situated. These lands are the Ancestral territories of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, Anishinabek and the Wendake. The shared responsibility of this land is honoured in the Dish with One Spoon Treaty and as settlers, we strive to care for the land, the waters, and all creatures in the spirit of peace. We are responsible for respecting and supporting the enduring presence of all First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples. When away from this campus we vow to be respectful to the land by protecting and honouring it. We will create relationships with the people and the land we may visit by understanding the territories we enter and the nations who inhabit them.