The training will be delivered over the following six sessions and the fee quoted is for the whole course -
1. Research Topic and Context - Tuesday 24 November
2. Aims and Objectives - Tuesday 5 January
3. Methods and Methodology - Tuesday 2 February
4. Data Collection - Tuesday 23 February
5. Results - Tuesday 18 May
6. Reflection - Tuesday 8 June
Delegates on this course will be supported to carry out their own action research projects. During these six sessions across the school year delegates will be guided through the principles of research, supported in developing a methodology, and then carry out their own project in their school library. The sessions are spaced to give plenty of time for this to happen, before the sessions restart to look at analysis and reflect on the process, achievements and challenges.
Action research in a school library can cover any element which is important to your regular working life; whether it’s the impact of reading lessons; how information literacy skills deliver increased independence and understanding or analysing the impact of digital events and engagement in the school library. Completing a project at this time will mean the projects have an immediate and wide interest for the sector.
As well as the sessions, all delegates will receive supporting documents, including a booklet and hints and tips. As part of the reflection session delegates will be asked to record a short video explaining their research and their findings which will then be made available to the SLA community. It doesn’t matter if you have any experience in research or not; this course will enable every delegate to take part with full confidence.
Meera Chudasama is passionate about educational research; in particular making educational research accessible and digestible for those who work in schools. Being a Research Lead and Editor of Innovate Journal; this role highlights her love of encouraging and motivating teachers to become teacher-researchers. Alongside being a teacher, Meera feels most at home when she is supporting teachers, and now students, to conduct their own small-scale inquiries. Her work so far has been to encourage teachers, students and other educational professionals to conduct their own research. Whether this be through a case study approach or an action research project, Meera thrives in helping teachers to consider how to put their practice under the microscope. From starting a conversation to getting the writing process going, she hopes to marry the world of academic research to classroom based research.