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CSSE 2017 handout

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handout for a roundtable presentation at CSSE at Ryerson University in May 2017

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CSSE 2017 handout

  1. 1. A Round Table Discussion About Action Research as a Mechanism for School Division Change Drs. Jacqueline Kirk and Michael Nantais Brandon University, Brandon, Manitoba CASEA Round Table, Ryerson University, May 30th, 2017 Lakeshore School Division, Manitoba—Quick Facts! Vital Outcome Indicators for Community Engagement (VOICE) for Children and Youth Action Research Action research is the art of analyzing and evaluating one’s own practice with a view to improving some aspect of it. Cockerline & Nantais (2015) A disciplined process of inquiry conducted by and for those taking the action. The primary reason for engaging in action research is to assist the actor [teacher] in improving or refining his or her actions. Sagor (2000) Our Process 1. Meet in September for research planning workshop. 2. Meet online in December and February for a round table check-in. 3. Meet in April for data analysis and report writing workshop.  The school division covers 7000 km2 in south-central Manitoba.  The division is located approximately 120 km north of Winnipeg.  Lakeshore includes 10 schools, and 1 adult learning center.  There are 110 teachers and approximately 1150 K-12 students.
  2. 2. Participant Feedback: “It felt like I was a brand new teacher trying new things – I was excited!” “I feel like I don’t need to change jobs because I have renewed this one by doing this project.” “I never realized how interested in the data and the research I was! I actually enjoyed it. I would like to do more!” “Kids’ reflections were eye opening.” What we learned:  Action research can encourage broader system change. Within the context of the school division initiative, it was a successful way to move people forward from the grassroots rather than from the top down.  The teachers reported higher levels of engagement and lower levels of frustration when we touched base with them online during the school year.  The sophistication of the projects grew over time as teachers came back for a second project and Technology Instruction Facilities 4 4 8 Some of the projects:  Hockey course for credit to improve attendance.  Combining sections of grade nine ELA and Social Studies  Changing seating to increase on task behavior and improve written work  Using iPads to travel the world and to test alternative assessment practices  A greenhouse project to build bridges between seniors and youth in the com- munity  From traditional library to learning commons to increase usage