The RSA Academies' Design Thinking Action Research Project
Aimed at Recently Qualified Teachers the RSA Academies’ Design Thinking Action Research Project uses a model of action research. The programme will apply and securely embed academic research within the practices and pedagogies of classroom teachers. It will empower teachers to become more professionally engaged in wider research to improve practice in the classroom.
During the Design Thinking Action Research Project, teachers will:
an area of research that is of professional interest to theman area of research that is of professional interest to them
widely around this area in order to select a small number of texts to focus upon widely around this area in order to select
a methodology to evaluate the efficacy of the research a methodology to evaluate the efficacy of the research
their experiences against the literature in a written
assignment. This will be published in our own Enquiry
their research with other teachers who have completed the project their projects with other teachers who have completed the fellowship
The process is supported by an internationally renowned Design Thinking coach with a range of experience in educational research. This support will be across 2.5 CPD days (one full day and three twilight sessions), and email support to ensure staff are well supported without having substantial impact on curriculum time.
It is a process that is beneficial to the school and the teachers who participate in the project. It ensures a culture of research and evaluation of practices within a school environment as well as wider dissemination of the research to the rest of the school through training opportunities. It also allows teachers to personalise their own Continuing Professional Development and Learning and investigate lines of enquiry that interest them. Our experience of similar action research projects has substantially enhanced levels of retention and preparedness for promotion.
Our current cohort of teachers who have enrolled on the Action Research programme find it a beneficial and productive experience. One has said that:
“It makes me reflect on my own practice and it provides me with opportunities that allow me to stretch the learners. As teachers, we don’t always have all of the answers but we can work towards our own and the students’ potential through research and the implementation of this within our own practice.”
• £150 for alliance partners of the RSA Academies’ Teaching School.
• £250 for all other schools.