Best Practice

Action research in the classroom

Action research
Undertaking research to improve practice is becoming a common activity in UK classrooms. Principal Chris Mallaband explains how his school is developing a researching culture.

Action Research – where teachers reflect on and evaluate their practice in order to resolve problems or improve methods/approaches – is now becoming well established in the compulsory education sector. 

Outstanding teachers will no doubt already be undertaking action research in their classrooms even if they aren’t aware that they are doing so, simply by taking an evidence-based and self-reflective approach to their own development. 

After seeing a number of my colleagues take on formal action research, for example as part of a Master’s degree, I was keen to find out more about what this approach could offer to us as a school.

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