Engaging with research can enhance teachers practice, and improve outcomes for children’s learning. This was one of the messages emerging from a 'shared learning' event organised by CES together with the NCCA and the Teaching Council in March. All three organisations have been collaborating for over three years on an initiative called ‘Research Alive’ which encourages teachers to engage with research.
The event, called 'Teachers and Research - Continuing the Conversation' saw over 200 teachers from around Ireland gathered in Mary Immaculate College Limerick, to talk about their experience of engaging with research.
Watch this short video of CES Director Nuala Doherty explaining why CES got involved in the event.
Learning from Canada and from Scotland
The keynote address was given by Dr Carol Campbell. Dr Campbell is based at the University of Toronto, where she is Associate Professor of Leadership and Educational Change and Director of the Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research (KNAER) Secretariat. She is also an appointed Education Advisor to the Premier and the Minister of Education in Ontario, and a member of the International Council of Education Advisers to the First Minister and Deputy First Minister in Scotland. During her keynote she spoke about teachers experience of using research in Canada, and shared experience and resources of interest to teachers in Ireland.
Workshops and 'Researchmeets'
Workshops considered questions such as how to plan, fund and disseminate research, and how to develop and sustain a research culture in your school. Teachers also had the opportunity to talk about their own research with others and the impact that it had on their practice during the ‘Researchmeets’ section of the event.
Continuing the conversation
The event concluded with a panel discussion on how research in teaching could be strengthened. Tomas O Ruairc, Director of the Teaching Council, spoke about a new Research Support Framework which will be announced in the near future.
— REX (@EducationREX) March 11, 2017
At CES, we are looking forward to continuing our collaboration with both the NCCA and The Teaching Council, to promote and enhance the use of research by teachers in Ireland.
Video produced by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA).