Action Research Fellowship Projects

The Action Research Fellowship, based in local Oxford secondary schools, builds on practitioner research capacity within and across schools.

Name School Research Topic
Ruth Smith  Marlborough School Extended written explanations in science.
Alison Thomas  Marlborough School Encouraging students’ independent evaluation and critical response to art works.
Louise MacKenzie Henry Box School Reading for meaning, developing students’ inference skills.
Zena Lanzak Henry Box School Reading for meaning, developing students’ inference skills.
Rebecca Timms Henry Box School Developing written explanation in science through informal drafting.
Rachel Cardani Wood Green School Developing history students’ understanding of question demands.
Steph Tranter Wood Green School Developing reading for understanding in A-level history.
Andy Gosnell Wood Green School Promoting students’ confidence in the use of mathematical language.

Carly Francis completed her Action Research Fellowship and presented her findings. The powerpoint summarising her research can be found here: Carly Francis ARF Presentation.

As part of this Ian Thompson led a session at Oxford Spires Academy to support the fellowship scheme and produced a summary of Practioner Action Research Methods. This provides a useful overview of research references and question prompts to think about when conducting a research project as a School Practitioner. Also, Nigel Fancourt and Ann Edwards have produced an overview of  Teachers as Learners (2012).

Other resources which are useful for those thinking about carrying out an Action Research Fellowship or currently conducting one are the three reports below from the NTCL:

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